“Tensile and luminous as a glass-winged butterfly, Glimmerglass Girl chronicles the passions of a woman’s heart and its multifarious musings with a marvelous mix of toughness and tenderness. In a shimmering world at once ‘honey-brimmed and buzzing,’ where ‘blueberry coffee’ and a ‘kissing prayer,’ or a ‘quiet mess of a body of light’ offer diurnal delights, this wildly chimerical gathering of hybridized fairy tales and fabulous meditations on womanhood might carry Emily Dickinson’s admonition of epistolary intimacy, ‘open me carefully.’ Indeed, readers should open Walrath’s slender volume carefully, hold these rare poems up to the sun, then lean in quietly to hear each one sing in flight.”
—Karen An-hwei Lee, author of Phylo of Joy, Ardor, and In Medias Res.
My first chapbook of poems, Glimmerglass Girl, is now available from Finishing Line Press for Pre-order! I am beyond thrilled (and a little bit terrified, tired, overwhelmed, and awed) to share this book with you.
Glimmerglass Girl is about feminity and feminism, how we negotiate our past as women and our present, how we other ourselves into creatures and what we pass on. The lead poem in Glimmerglass Girl is from the Greta Oto or espejitos butterfly. Although this little butterfly looks delicate, it can carry up to 40 times its weight. Some of the poems are introspective and personal narrative and others are imaginary. Some are disturbing. Some are illustrated and cross-genre. All are but pieces of myself.
"Washing the dishes, peeling an onion, wearing a bra, all these details of life become immersed in magic in Holly Lyn Walrath's gorgeous poems. In Glimmerglass Girl, the questions of how to be a woman and how to reconcile the different sides of our bodies and selves is brought into startling focus. Walrath's writing takes your breath away and then sucker punches you, but I mean this in the best possible way--these poems devastate, destruct, and then bring you back to life."
—Chloe N. Clark, author of The Science of Unvanishing Objects
Special Pre-Order Promotion:
All pre-orders are eligible to receive a free, limited edition, butterfly lapel pin. These pins are 1.25" wide, custom-printed and epoxy-coated, featuring a brass butterfly clasp. Only 50 pins are available, so get yours before they sell out!
To receive your pin, simply pre-order the book at Finishing Line Press, send me your address so I can mail you your pin! Pins will be mailed at the end of the pre-order period in June/July. Books ship August 3, 2018.
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Holly Walrath's books on Goodreads
ratings: 19 (avg rating 4.21)
Our Space: Shorts & Poetry from the Houston Community
ratings: 4 (avg rating 4.25)
In Medias Res: Stories from the In-Between
ratings: 2 (avg rating 4.50)
The 2017 Rhysling Anthology: The Best Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Poetry of 2016 Selected by the Science Fiction Poetry Association
ratings: 16 (avg rating 4.31)
ratings: 9 (avg rating 4.67)