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The Light You Cannot Touch

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"THE LIGHT YOU CANNOT TOUCH is raw, wild, surprising, unafraid, and spry with flares of unforgettable brilliance." --Savannah Thorne, executive director of Balkan Press and managing editor of Conclave: A Journal of Character.

"Erin York leaves no doubt that she's a writer of heart and vitality in these moving poems. She's one to watch, one to listen for when you need poetry to take you to places only the heart knows." --Allison Joseph, My Father's Kites: Poems and editor-in-chief of Crab Orchard Review

"Erin York takes her reader from innocence to experience, through loss and gain, through the tangled bodies of love in unexpected ways." --Maryfrances Wagner, Red Silk, winner of the Thorpe Menn Book Award and co-editor of the I-70 Review

60 pages, Paperback

First published November 5, 2014

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Erin York

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LGBT. Writer. Editor. Dreamer. Survivor. Poet. Lover.

I believe in second chances.

Winner of the 2017 Author's Circle Novel of Excellence award for THE LIGHT YOU CANNOT TOUCH.

For more information about me, please visit my website listed above!

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29 reviews
December 27, 2014
Wow. I've never been a poetry person, excusing some teenage angst that's best left in the past. But this book is fantastic. To be 100% honest, the author is one of my very best friends, and one of the few who have read the poetry I mentioned above. It has always been our dream to publish our own work, but Erin is the one who has managed it. And this book is truly fantastic. I could not be more proud to call her my friend, and I could not love this book more. Her words hold so much meaning, she uses beautiful imagery, and her story is moving. A tale of love lost and redemption, of finding yourself through heartache, of humanity forced to continue on when the world caves in. I believe that everyone could find a new favorite poem in this book (You Are My Sun). I've found a new favorite (and old favorite) poet.
Profile Image for Tamara Grantham.
Author 27 books386 followers
November 10, 2015

Just ponder on that a minute.


When my friend, Erin York, asked me to read/review her book of poetry, I immediately agreed. I've read her writing before and I always been impressed by her unique storytelling and vivid imagination. I am not an avid reader of poetry, but I have always enjoyed it. To be honest, I think poetry is the simplest, yet most profound way to expressions emotions.Erin York exceeded my expectations in The Light You Cannot Touch.

Her poems were real and tugged at the emotions. I found myself saying wow throughout the whole book.

My favorite poem she saved for last, which is also the title of the book. She speaks about being thirteen, that age between childhood and adulthood, when nothing makes sense anymore.
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9 reviews9 followers
December 20, 2014
Don't just read it, take it in

I have never had so many bookmarks in anything I've read on my kindle. This is a beautiful collection of poetry that you read and immediately feel some kind of emotion, either the author's or your own.
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