In Free Love, Free Fall: Scenes from the West Coast Sixties Merimée Moffitt’s stories slip readers into the times that were “a changing,” the time between beatniks and hippies and then some. The settings follow a winding path from San Francisco to New York City and back to the farm factories in eastern Oregon. The young couple, vagabonds on the road, give a glimpse into pre-women’s lib society and the musicians and sadhus looking for love and life beyond the inelegant, patriarchal norm of the fifties. Free Love, Free Fall is a must for those who are curious about how it really was, at least for this author, and for anyone who also was there, in that time, living through social upheaval and creating it on a day to day basis.
5 Star Reviews from Amazon.com:
“This is an amazing story of the journey one woman took in her escape from the repressive life of middle America in the fifties to the wild world of San Francisco in the sixties and the Hippies and Free Love that made up that world. It is the story of her coming into her own as she claims her own personal values and struggles towards life as a mature woman. I knew parts of this story but found it more detailed and heroic in scope than I ever imagined. The depth of her struggles was so great and the victories so heartening it was a real page-turner that kept me up late, wanting to find out what was going to happen. It is so personal in its descriptions I felt I was living through it myself. It’s the story of a woman and the story of an era, absorbing, sad, funny and always deliciously detailed. A really good read.” ~Sally J. Terwiliger
Making Little Edens is a collection of poems from life during the repressive 50s to scenes from the West Coast 60s, and finally: New Mexico. Merimée arrived in El Rito, NM, in a shiny green Chrysler in 1970 with a carload of Vietnam vets. She brought her dog, frying pan, cutting board, trinkets, and clothes. She fell in love with everything northern New Mexico, where she eventually stayed to get her college education, raise a family, and teach for 25 years…all the while writing poems and stories.
A precursor to Moffit’s Memoir, Free Love, Free Fall, this collection is rich in story and image.
5 Star Reviews from Amazon:
“Merimée’s excellent book of poetry is a beautiful paradox of giving in and fighting back. It is filled with haunting memories and sweet insights. Writing both in form and free verse, she manages to find the perfect vehicle for each poem to tap into the hearts and backbones of readers. From her youth to New Mexico cabins and tough bars to teaching, Merimée picks her battles well: the past, the present, hopes, hopelessness, and “the beginning of just about everything.” Worth reading many times.” ~D. Cohen-Bruno
This collection is a collaboration with Albuquerque friend and fellow poet and photographer Georgia Santa Maria.
A project of friendship and exploration, Merimee and Georgia wrote Berlin Poems is during their recent visit to Berlin and includes 4-color photos throughout contributed by both Merimee and Georgia.