Mary Catherine O’Brien Opens Readers’ Eyes to the World Around Them

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Writer and artist shares eye opening poetry in new book, ‘Seeing Things’

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This world is but a canvas to our imagination

Henry David Thoreau once said, “This world is but a canvas to our imagination.” In her new book of poetry, “Seeing Things” (published by Trafford Publishing), writer and artist Mary Catherine O’Brien explores her own imagination, sharing a number of works, not only in word, but also in illustration.

“I have an eidetic memory and things once seen are lodged in my mind,” O'Brien shares. “Eventually to free my mind, I am driven to paint these things. I like my work to challenge the mind, not merely to appeal to emotions.” In her book of poetry, she offers a wide variety of art styles and subject matter to wed the two ideas.

An excerpt from the poem, “Eversong”:

“The fading yellow light of twilight
Casts its spell upon my sight.
I am held still and silent, waiting,
Suspended in a trance.
All the world around me is in motion.
I, only, am unmoving.
A soft evening breeze urges dance of leaf and limb
Amid the sweet susurration of sunset’s song.”

Seeing Things
By Mary Catherine O’Brien
Hardcover | 6 x 9 in | 106 pages | ISBN 9781466960367
Softcover | 6 x 9 in | 106 pages | ISBN 9781466960350
E-Book | 106 pages | ISBN 9781466960374
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Mary Catherine O’Brien was born in Toronto. She is an artist, consultant and educator who earned her B.A. at the University of Toronto and her M.Ed. at the University of British Columbia. For 25 years O’Brien was the head of the art department at T.A. Blakelock Secondary School and York Memorial Collegiate. She continues to teach privately and at night school.

Trafford Publishing, an Author Solutions, Inc. author services imprint, was the first publisher in the world to offer an “on-demand publishing service,” and has led the independent publishing revolution since its establishment in 1995. Trafford was also one of the earliest publishers to utilize the Internet for selling books. More than 10,000 authors from over 120 countries have utilized Trafford’s experience for self publishing their books. For more information about Trafford Publishing, or to publish your book today, call 1-888-232-4444 or visit

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