You can order my poetry book The Phoneix Requires Ashes online via this link.


These poems are an exploration of the human condition through the lens of a mental health therapist. They are about reclaiming and celebrating oneself and one's story in a time of turmoil. The collection walks the reader through the quest to meet ourselves and uncover resilience. Along the way we grapple with accepting the paradoxes of being human and meet allies that accompany us on the journey.  


Maureen is a winner of the 2022 Sue C. Boynton Poetry Award, and her work has been featured in the Writing Together, Rising Together People’s Perspective Project.





"Here in The Phoenix Requires Ashes, Maureen Kane reaches the soul of that which cannot be easily named and puts words to the longing for connection with our secret truths. Yes, in these pages, "deep calls to deep." Read with an open heart and you will find your own shadow, your own grief, your own hope, and ultimately, your own resilience. Every poem is a beautiful acknowledgement of what it means to be a human whose full complexity deserves to be mined."
    _Cami Ostman author of Second Wind: One Woman's Midlife Quest to Run Seven Marathons on Seven Continents


“If I had to use one word to describe Maureen Kane’s fine poetry, it would be “elemental.” Kane has the ability to boil down what’s important in life to its essence, to boil the bones and use the elixir as if reading the tea leaves of the soul. Often she uses the elements in a space beyond metaphor. A fox here. A leaf there. Even tin foil crinkles open to reveal the heart. Her poetry will haunt your dreams. You have been warned.”

    _Bliss Goldstein, MLA. Author of God is in the Detours: Lessons Learned by Going Off My Mother’s Map, Founding editor of Tangents magazine, Stanford University. Winner 2022 Sue C Boynton Poetry Award.

"I'm reading, for the second time, a perfect book of poetry. The Phoenix Requires Ashes by Maureen Sandra Kane. She is deeply talented, and her poetry is filled with sharp insights and moving emotion. The first piece in the book, Let Yourself Be Weary, brought tears of recognition to my eyes. Each poem is a gem in its own way.  Even a simple apple held in Kane's hand inspires rumination on all the lives that piece of fruit and it's growth have touched in its travels to a pie pan in her kitchen."
   _Sandra Parshall Author of Poisoned Ground, The Heat of The Mon, Broken Places, Under the Dog Star, and Disturbing the Dead.


"Maureen’s ability to touch the depth of the inner journey never ceases to amaze me.  Her  poems allow me to touch the experience of healing, in all its stages and complexities, with gentle grace. I am frequently struck by her ability to render the physicality of healing work with both truth and tenderness."

    _Mendy McLean-Stone MEd, MA, BCN – Therapist, MMS Counseling


“Maureen Sandra Kane makes exquisite use of the images of her Pacific Northwest milieu.  Her work can be as earthy as Pablo Neruda’s, or as ethereal as Richard Bach’s. The process of realizing who one is, as laid out in the pages of this volume, becomes more appealing and less painful with this guidebook.  You will meditate on Kane’s words long after you finish reading them.”

    _Sean Dwyer author of A Quest for Tears:  Surviving Traumatic Brain Injury




Other Published Work

The Ekphrastic Review, search for my name

Red Wheelbarrow Writers’ Spring and All Anthology (2 pieces)


Writing Together/Rising Together














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