Collected Poetry: 1931-1937
151 poems were written by Mary Landon MacKenzie,
the late official historian of North Elba township
and the village of Lake Placid.
died in the spring of 2003 at the age of 89. She
was known among those interested in regional history
as an energetic, rigorous researcher and imaginative
prose stylist. Besides her reputation as a prolific,
highly respected local historian, Mary was also
known as a lifelong hiker and ADK member, an amateur
geologist, and a renowned gardener.
family and friends, however, did not know everything
about Mary Landon MacKenzie. After she died we made
a surprising discovery: There, in a drawer in her
desk, was a large bundle of carefully typed poems,
nearly all of them written between 1931 and 1937,
from Mary Landonís late teens into her early twenties.
Many of the poems were, of course, merely interesting
-- but many were deep and surprisingly well-written,
or so it seemed at least to those who loved her.
from Lee Manchester's "Forward"