Introduction to “Disaster and Harmony: A Poetry Collection (2019)”

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“What is risk when this is all we have–

the houred day,

the finite span of years,

consciousness of aging

and sure death beyond.

I would rather make risk my lover…”

Disaster and Harmony: A Poetry Collection, 2001-2019

Disaster and Harmony (2019) is full of poems that deal with personal struggle, difficult relationships, true love(s), searching for peace, and finding joy despite chaos and pain. These poems were composed between the years 2001-2019 and are randomly arranged.

Johnston writes frankly about deep depressions, marriage and family, being in love, beginnings and endings, taking joy in little and big things, and personal growth.

This is her third book of poetry. Johnston recently published Dandelions (2019), a long poem about the wonders of a childhood spent in Nature and Cosmogony (2019), a rhyming and metered poem about the natural world and one girl’s place in it. She is also the author of Mental (2018), a novel about overcoming a difficult childhood. Her first novel, Leaves Subsiding (2010), published under pen name M. Yoshida McCurry, is written in the style of magic realism and is about the elusive search for happiness.

To read a preview of Disaster and Harmony (2019) for free now, go to, where you can also enter to win a copy of one of the four titles Johnston is currently promoting. Disaster and Harmony  is an eBook ($7.99) and a paperback ($7.99) for sale now on Go to to add this book of poetry to your personal library now!

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Marie K Johnston (aka Kristen M McCurry) is a novelist, poet, visual artist and website creator. She is a 42 year old married mother of one living in a little arty town just northwest of Houston, TX. She was educated at The University of Texas at Austin and Cornell University, wrote for and Rice University’s Web & Print Division, and taught high school English for ten years before she married. 





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