Poetry Review- Glimmerglass Girl by Holly Walrath

 

Glimmerglass Girl
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Glimmerglass Girl by Holly Lyn Walrath

 

  • Genre: Poetry
  • Length: 30 pages
  • Pub Date: August 3rd, 2018
  • Source: I received a copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review
  • My Rating: ★★★★☆

The short version: These poems are so well-written, and even the poems I didn’t personally connect with were strikingly beautiful.



The long version: Walrath’s collection of poetry is short, but delivers a lot in its few pages. With poems touching on so many aspects of womanhood- from love, to aging, to abuse- Glimmerglass Girl compares femininity to a glass butterfly: delicate and lovely, but sharp and deadly when broken.

“but remember the properties of glass / or her ghost may
follow you in the mirrors / forever / in store windows /
forever/ in the glint of your razor blade / no / forever
/ no /”

Espijitos

In her introduction to her book, Walrath acknowledges that the experience of every woman is different, and her poems can only draw from her own. While this sometimes made the poems a little less relatable to me, personally, she is always open, honest, and raw in her account of her own stories.

“My Glimmerglass Girl is merely a shadow of herself, so I ask only that you hold her gently, for she may slip away before you have fully come to know her.”

On Womanhood

Even in the poems I didn’t really connect with, there was no denying Walrath’s skill. Her poems are lyrical, vivid, and fleeting. Nearly every poem leaves the reader with a sense of longing: to be seen, to be understood, and to live in the world of possibility presented in this collection.

“We live in a world
of unfulfilled fairytales.”

Behind the Glass

All in all, I would recommend this book for anyone who’s a fan of poetry. This is one beautiful collection, and even if you don’t connect to every poem, there is something lovely to be discovered in each one.


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