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 /”
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.”
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.
Thanks for reading!