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Glimmerglass Girl

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  101 ratings  ·  68 reviews
Winner of the 2019 Elgin Award for Best Chapbook from the Science Fiction and Fantasy Poetry Association

Glimmerglass Girl is a collection of poetry and images about womanhood and femininity. This debut collection from author Holly Lyn Walrath explores life, love, marriage, abuse, self-harm, the body, death, and alcoholism through the lens of a woman’s heart. It takes reade
Hardcover, 30 pages
Published August 3rd 2018 by Finishing Line Press
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Beatrice Masaluñga
Jul 05, 2018 rated it liked it
Recommended to Beatrice by: Shealea
Shelves: poetry, arc
Thank you Finishing Line Press for providing an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Glimmerglass Girl is a poetry collection which focus on women. Their struggles, dilemmas, relationship, love, abuse and alcoholism. The writing was whimsical and refreshing. Each poems may appear light and fantastical but it conveys a deep and serious message. These kinds of verses are challenging to analyse and to reflect on. Once I finished, I reread it in a gradual pace and I have troubles conne
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"I am night and a thousand stars hurtle through my skin, punching through the ether. I crouch, prehistoric, in the space behind clouds, my volcanic heart attracting lightning, sympathetic interstellar."

Glimmerglass Girl is a realm of powerful femininity, bearing both knives and heart. There is nothing weak or hollow about the writing, but it's like a symphony cut short at the intermission, ending all too abruptly. But doesn't it shine while it lives?

"When others see me, they will see a woman unh
Dannii Elle
Actual rating 3.5/5 stars.

This short poetry anthology dealt with the female identity in the modern world. Whilst I did appreciate its contents and liked the style used to portray this message, I found I lacked a complete emotional affinity with some of the poems contained here.

Anthologies are always hard to gauge a star rating for, as the varied contents will always produce a variety of responses in me. Some poems I read and reread, in awe of the wonderful prose and exultant in the emotion it ex
May 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nook, netgalley
Thank you so much to Finishinglinepress via netgalley for sending me an ARC copy of Glimmerglass girl by Holly Warlath. This will be released on August 3rd of 2018.

Glimmerglass girl 4.25⭐️
This is a collection of poetry of sorts. Its not the typical collection. Its more like very short short stories.
There is artwork within and helps bring the shorts to life.

Favorite poems
In rejoice of kindred grief
Behind the glass
Elegy for a body
She leanrs how to disappear

Favorite quotes
“With sadness like no
Dec 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
This is a beautiful chapbook of poetry deserving of the Elgin Award it received in 2019. These are very personal poems tinged with the fantastical and many things as simile and analogy. A beautiful relationship to objects as they become real.

The illustrations are gorgeous, many public domain images. Unfortunately, the contrast between the image and the poetry where it was superimposed was not stark enough for me and made it difficult to read.
Jul 31, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-book, arc, poetry
"Glimmerglass Girl" is a fragile yet strong collection of the various faces that women face in love, life, marriage and self. Walrath 's imprint is in every line and you can read that some of these poems are closer to her than others as they feel a part of her in the way the lines are presented.

It's an interesting mix of fragility and toughness while hinting at lines of self exploration among the images that create a lyrical, rose hued imagery that can stay with you for hours long after reading
Annette Jordan
Small but well formed, this poetry anthology about what it means to be a woman contains some truly beautiful pieces, particularly for me " The Art of Loneliness " and "Premise of the Heart ". As a whole the collection was quite diverse, and some pieces were more easy to connect to than others, but each demonstrated a skill with imagery and wordcraft. The illustrations scattered throughout were also a nice touch. While there is a certain fragility in the imagery of the poetry, there is also an un ...more
Aug 23, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

This is a really nice collection of emotional poetry about womanhood .
While I didn't connect directly to all the text I could still appreciate it for its meaning.

Written In a uniquely deep and expressive style.
Jun 20, 2018 rated it did not like it
ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I think this book just went entirely over my head, this writing style made it so difficult for me to read. I also just couldn't emotionally connect with this collection even though it centered around womanhood and self-reflection. The style in which it was written just felt like it needed more pauses, a place to breath while reading. Also some of the conclusions that the poems came to didn't really make sense to me, esp

Jun 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
As a short collection of poems, Glimmerglass Girl was a quick read for me. With delightfully lyrical language, impactful images, and a sophisticated flourish under her arsenal, Holly Lyn Walrath offers a myriad of layered female experiences in a very limited number of pages. While I greatly enjoyed most of the pieces, my five favorites were Espejitos, Behind the Glass, Woman, Two Hundred Fifty-Seven, and The Art of Loneliness.

I cannot think of a better title for this book because a lot of the im
Aug 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry, spec-fic
“My Glimmerglass Girl is merely a shadow of myself, so I ask only that you hold her gently, for she may slip away before you have come to fully know her.”

Holly Lyn Walrath opens her collection with this subtle entreaty, and the words set the tone for the rest of her work—a searching, ethereal book of poems.

Glimmerglass Girl, just out from Finishing Line Press, covers a variety of themes, but centers around the search for self-knowledge and self-recognition. This search’s incarnation is decidedly
Patricia Pagan
May 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
Holly Walrath’s lyrical yet startling language explores the layered experiences of women. Sisters, daughters, wives and mothers become “both fire firebrand and ice cleft in sunlight.” She weaves emotions into precise, vivid images. In “The Art of Loneliness,” she compares fostering an appreciation for being alone to the way in which one “might care for an orchid.” The flowing, ephemeral effects of poems like “Elegy for a Body,” compliment the raw power of “Premise of the Heart” and the emotional ...more
Bree Hill
Aug 13, 2018 rated it it was ok
Not for me, which is hard to say because I REALLY LOVE poetry, so it pains me to rate a poetry collection so low. But honestly the STYLE of some of these new poetry collections makes it really HARD to understand what the hell the poet is trying to express. Maybe it’s me, maybe I’m old school, but I just can’t always catch what they’re throwing! This was an example of that. There were 3 poems I liked, “I Think My Taste is Questionable” and “The Art of Loneliness and “She Learns how to Disappear.” ...more
Nathan Elias
Aug 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This collection questions the nature of womanhood, the nature of the heart, and the nature of existing within the shell of a body. Walrath writes, “I am dis-embodying my body / or what I once called skin, / its remnants rounding out, / the insides of a funeral urn / whose curves make sense.” Glimmerglass Girl sets out to dis-embody our very conception of bodies altogether, and in doing so instills a yearning for what it means to live and love without ever turning an eye from the inevitability of ...more
Nov 04, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: poetry, for-review
We live in a world
of unfulfilled fairytales.

This copy was kindly provided to me in exchange for an honest review by the publisher via NetGalley.
Jul 25, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2018, arcs
I received an arc via NetGalley from the publisher Finishing Line Press in exchange for an honest review.

This poetry collection was very special in that it had modern feel but also reminded me of classic poetry. I don't really see modern poetry collections that have wording this whimsical. I really enjoyed some of the poems, but I couldn't connect to many of them. That only speaks for my personal experience though and doesn't take away from the beautiful feel of the overall work and the lovely
Michelle Kidwell
Jul 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing

Glimmerglass Girl
by Holly Lyn Walrath
Finishing Line Press

Pub Date 03 Aug 2018

I am reviewing a copy of Glimmerglass Girl through Fishing Line Press and Netgalley:

Poetry is one of the hardest genres to review because a poem can have a different meaning to every reader l:
In this short collection of poetry Holly Lyn Walrath explores love, marriage, abuse and self harm of the body, death and alcoholism through a woman's heart who has experienced them in on one way or another. It does this while
Bran Pendergrass
Fantastic prose! I would recommend this book to anyone who loves great poetry! It is so hard to stand out in the world of poetry where every line is a rhyme of simple words like you, do, too, and through! It was refreshing to find poetry that actually tells a great story! Thank you for allowing me early access to this ARC!
K.J. Russell
Jul 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A short but poignant chapbook. The poems are honest and deeply introspective, asking the reader to expand their empathy. It asks a lot of its audience's creative imagination, their ability to inhabit experiences and feelings different from their own, but it also manages to touch on what is common in every person. It is an ambitious project, and a successful one. ...more
Jun 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Glimmerglass Girl is a poetry collection that speaks to the modern woman and deals with many issues of the self. The collection is relatively short, so you have to sit with each poem to gain some insight into the meaning and emotion in conveys. Many of the poems are simple without much flowery language, so it is something that can be easily accessible for any type of poetry reader.

*Book provided by NetGalley
May 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A chapbook of feminine writings with tales of fragile emotions that stir a whirlwind of strength. If read by a male mind, he may feel closer to knowing the heart of a woman. When a woman reads these poems, she may feel they were written for her.

It was impossible for me to stop reading until I had finished the last poem. Then I was sorry to see it over. I truly wanted more of this writing style.

The author tells secrets. She dares to say it. Life expects us to play nice and these poems felt like a
Jun 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
( this book was sent to me via for me to review )

I really wanted to read this because i absolutely love poetry and wanted to try and read some new and upcoming poets and poetry collections.
Holly's writing in this short collection was so beautiful! I have never read a poetry book quite like it!
Her writing is so whimsical and, in a way, pretty. But the reason i gave it 4 stars is because i wish it were longer honestly!

When this book officially comes out i will be definitely buyin
May 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book confused me. On one hand, I absolutely loved the poetry and the illustrations. On the other, it wore me out. But since the latter may have to do with my school work and I rarely enjoy newer poetry books (and this, I did enjoy reading), I've decided to give this book a rating of 4/5.

What lured me in was the absolutely gorgeous cover. When I started reading it, however, I realized how much more I would enjoy it being read out loud - and even though the book is about womanhood, I imagined
May 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
Thank you, Finishing Line Press for the ARC copy of Glimmerglass girl by Holly Warlath.

This chapbook is daring, raw and everything poetry dealing with feminine identity should be. I had a hard time pausing in between poems because each left me wanting more. But these poems are meant to be tasted and savored. They do leave an aftertaste that takes a couple of minutes to wear off, but it is the kind that is exciting and invigorating.

I especially loved "I Am Going To Find The Unicorns." The imagery
Book Ichor
May 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018
A beautiful collection of poetry that shifts between reality and fantasy, hard and soft, feminine and masculine. Walrath breathes life into the mundane, making the peeling of an onion into something precise and moving, while also challenging our idea of femininity and womanhood as she examines what it is to be a woman. I will return to this collection again.

Some of my favourite lines:

“the crisp brown suits off of a pair of onions”
“drifting out over the lake whose surface was pinched as if by som
Karen Bovenmyer
Jun 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Glimmerglass Girl elegantly captures a female journey eerily familiar, a reflection of me, or a lost relative to whom I have only now been introduced. Walrath's lush verse winds around perceptions, challenging them, guiding them back, like a skilled hand guides a toddler. Just as I start to learn to roll over, to sit up, to stand—her layered, linked verse invents new ways for me to understand
​the world I have lived in so long.
Nathaniel Darkish
May 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Generally a very well-written collection of poetry, exploring themes of being a woman. Even though that isn't something I share with the author I still found the scenes and images to be evocative and relateable. As a whole, an enjoyable poetry chapbook. ...more
Oct 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Glimmerglass Girl, by Holly Lyn Walrath, is a poetry collection that brings together the ethereal and the corporal, the extraordinary and the mundane. It is deeply, viscerally feminine in its experience yet also seems to break down the very notion of what a woman is.

In short lines of prose and halting poetic verses, sometimes with a structure reminiscent of Dickinson using dashes for line breaks - but with a darker edge to the feeling of her words, like Poe. Yet the style of this collection is
„Glimmerglass Girl“ was introduced to me as a feminist poetry book and the cover was so absolutely stunning that I had to have it!
So I dove into the well curated words, a world of sorrow and learning, darkness and understanding! The pictures to underline the poems were a bit retro and I liked that! (Though I would probably have chosen not pics from other people but maybe herself, to underline the words right?)
Holly chose all the right words, so many beautiful words to embrace her story and show
Chloe Metzger
I received an ARC of this from NetGalley and the Publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.

I am always in search of new poetry and this collection intrigued me. I'd heard it was about womanhood and self-reflection and so I started to read. Unfortunately, I just couldn't connect with this collection. The voice and the pacing of the collection didn't engage with me and I didn't find the poems to be that memorable. That said, I do appreciate the author's style, it just wasn't for me.
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Holly Lyn Walrath’s poetry and short fiction has appeared in Strange Horizons, Fireside Fiction, Luna Station Quarterly, Liminality, and elsewhere. She is the author of Glimmerglass Girl, (Finishing Line Press, 2018). She holds a B.A. in English from The University of Texas and a Master’s in Creative Writing from the University of Denver. She is a freelance editor and host of The Weird Circular, a ...more

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