Thrown Again into the Frazzle Machine

Poems of Grace, Hope, and Healing

Poetry - Inspirational
502 Pages
Reviewed on 05/25/2015
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Author Biography

Margaret Dubay Mikus, Ph.D. was a research scientist and teacher who healed from a wide array of serious health problems including multiple sclerosis, cancer, heart failure, and depression. Now a poet, singer, story-teller, and photographer, her powerful third book. "Thrown Again into the Frazzle Machine," is a welcome lifeboat that comforts and inspires. It is about being fully present and open to "ordinary" grace. Her insightful poems find meaning in what happens every day, letting help soak into us, and healing body, mind, emotion, and spirit.

Find her other books, "As Easy as Breathing: Reclaiming Power for Healing and Transformation" and "Letting Go and New Beginnings: A Mother's Poetic Journey" at She also has a CD, "Full Blooming: Selections from a Poetic Journal."

    Book Review

Reviewed by Roy T. James for Readers' Favorite

Thrown Again into the Frazzle Machine by Margaret Dubay Mikus is a collection of poems reflecting a rough and unhappy patch in the author’s life, a period jolted by surgeries, with the collection intended to act as a life-boat in the journey through rough seas. The collection begins with a feeling of hopelessness, “One day when I am gone, the sky will be ordinary blue and the stars will shine true," and in between the author questions herself, “Put down the sword of self-destruction, stop stabbing myself...,” making forays into abstract notions in poems like Empress of Inertia and True Yoga, as well as reflecting on her state of abject weakness in many of the poems. As the author mentions in the beginning, the emotion she wanted to paint through these lines is one of the ‘lows’ of her life.

Thrown Again into the Frazzle Machine by Margaret Dubay Mikus truly reflects all that the author planned. A sense of loss permeates through the lines of this collection, which even a few poems reflecting happier thoughts is not able to counter. Some of the poems, like Pam or Burning a Candle at Both Ends, stand apart in their beauty of words. Some others, like Err on the Side of Caution, can lead one to deeper thoughts. In short, this collection can represent many facets of the emotional trauma that the author went through, if we are to consider that each and every poem is a subtle image of the author’s volcanic state of mind.

Roberta Leenhouts RN

In "Thrown Again into the Frazzle Machine: Poems of Grace, Hope, and Healing," Margaret Dubay Mikus demonstrates to all of us the healing power of becoming a witness to your life. She uses her gifted talent of writing poetry to express how she maneuvered through the complex emotions and challenging physical conditions she faced…providing inspiration for anyone in need of hope.
Roberta Leenhouts RN, clinical advisor & healing practitioner

Crystal Simmons, LMT

…made me cry, made me laugh…
Crystal Simmons LMT, massage therapist

Kip Snyder

…incredible opportunity for one to…somehow find or express the feelings they are unable to express in words…
Kip Snyder, voice teacher

Midwest Book Awards Final

"It actually builds in strength as you learn new lessons and your writing and insights deepen. …spiritually it healed my own hysterectomy in ways I never allowed myself to explore. I am better for reading your book and will approach any future crises very differently. An honor to read!"
Comments from Midwest Book Awards Finalist Judge

(Health category)

Margot Van Sluytman

Lifeboat Through Rough and Calm Seas

"That words honour and save lives, is a fact. That words offer us a way to navigate with all that life flings at us, is sheer beauty. The words in Margaret Dubay Mikus's grace-filled book, Thrown Again Into the Frazzle Machine, highlight both of these tenets, and does something further. They are, as Margaret herself expresses, "a lifeboat through rough and calm seas." And they invite us to recognize that even when, like Jonah, we are in the whale's belly, we can weather each storm that comes."
By Margot Van Sluytman

Mildred M. Heurich


"This wonderful book of poems touches me, speaks to me, knows me.... Each poem becomes a gift for my healing on all levels. Randomly opening the book and reading the poems on the nearby pages is a journey into the heart. Thank you."
By Mildred M. Heurich

Donna Casey

The illness and loss of a loved one, the appreciation for nature

"Normally, I don't understand poetry, but maybe it's because there has been no connection for me; but Margaret's resonates and I feel what she felt when she wrote it. The illness and loss of a loved one, the appreciation for nature, and my own battle with cancer and surgeries, the similarities are striking a chord with me. I'm finding great comfort in these poems."
By The Bear Lady (aka Donna Casey)

Sharon Bray, Ed.D.

"How long does it take to
find the ground
to wrap the mind around
another cancer diagnosis…"(p. 383)

Writing, as Margaret Dubay Mikus, shows us, is a lifeline, a refuge, a way to document one’s life and more, a way to explore and make sense of those chapters of life that force us to our knees… In "Thrown Again into the Frazzle Machine," Mikus bears witness to her life through her poetry--its joys, struggles, sorrows and grace--inviting the reader as witness to her remarkable journey and the healing and hope of an indefatigable human spirit. An intimate, honest and uplifting collection of poems.

"over time healing began and spread
almost inevitably. A sliver at least hopefully." (p. 456)

-- Sharon Bray, Ed.D., author of "When Words Heal" and "A Healing Journey: Writing Through Cancer,"