Poetry publications

When Death Comes Close: a CD and booklet of poems published by Museday Publications.

I will let others speak to their experience of When Death Comes Close:

Thank you once more for the copy of your CD. I curled up on my sofa with a cosy blanket on Sunday afternoon and just listened – it was very moving but also very comforting at the same time.  I didn’t feel so alone or afraid, just very peaceful. 

Jeanie, whose father had recently died

Margie, what a heart and guiding light comes through your
words. From the minute I opened your package every detail was a visual
delight – the colours, the imagery, the packaging concept, the sweet
little book I could take our and hold. I’ve never seen anything put
together like this. I began to read the poems and by the ending of the
second I was breathless. I was overwhelmed by the truth, the compassion, the dignity at the heart of your words and deeply knowing I had to have copies to share with friends. And not because immediate dying is part of their lives at this time, but because of the dignity and grace it brings to living.


This evening, Eli and I went to see Selina, and on the way there, I played your CD in the truck. Eli at first started to read-along from the book with you, then he stopped. I asked if he was o.k (thinking of how it was for him, losing his mum, but didn’t want him to feel too up-set) As he slumped back in the seat, and turned his head away from me and stared out the window. I thought he may have been crying,
Margie you will be amazed, to know that he loved it so much, he said, with a sigh….”Aunty, this is real kool, she’s good to listen to and I just felt relaxed and sleepy, from her soft voice, she’s relaxing me all over”.
     Noeline, who looks after Eli, 15, since the death of his mother


I have been utterly moved by your beautiful CD. Rarely have I encountered something so ‘good’. I use the word advisedly, in its fullest meaning. 

This work has an integrity and purity whereby ‘good’ is the perfect description for it: ‘good’ meaning the best it can be; ‘good’ meaning beautiful of soul;  ‘good’ meaning pure; ‘good’ meaning wholesome and uplifting; ‘good’ meaning true. I will be delighted to recommend it to anyone and everyone.

Thank you so much for this privilege of hearing your work.
      Judith Pidgeon, Transitus

  • Please contact Margie for CD purchases- $30 including p&p in NZ
  • Click here for some sample poems (link to the poems Too soon, Autumn and Practicing Dying)
  • To read a newspaper article about the creation of the CD, click here.

Soul of the Earth – the Awen Anthology of Eco-Spiritual Poetry edited by Jay Ramsey, Awen Publications (2010). The anthology may be purchased from the publisher or direct from me in NZ.

‘It’s only when poets have made us look again, inward and outward, that we shall see our way.’ Martin Palmer, Alliance of Religions and Conservation

Here are some samples (link) from my contribution.

Link to Let no bright colours… and What did you do…

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