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Cemetery Music

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In Cemetery Music, the conflicting feelings we have around death and dying are explored in a collection of vignettes created by pairing found words, that are markedly melancholy, with artwork that is lighthearted, hopeful, and poignant.

The poems themselves invoke an emotional response using very few words. There is sadness in death. It is a universal reaction. Using words
Paperback, 55 pages
Published December 10th 2019 by Nightingale & Sparrow Press
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Mar 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A beautiful little visual poem — or a series of micro-poems — made by careful paper cutouts on hand-drawn art.

What an unexpectedly poignant chapbook to read during coronavirus quarantine. Although published a month before the new virus was even identified, this turns out to speak well to the present moment.

The poem is about the line on which we balance when we pause in stillness: beauty reveals itself to us, and, simultaneously, morbid anxiety haunts us. This dual-edged creativity is gentle yet
Dec 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Cemetery Music by Birdy Odell has sad notes dealing as it does with death, loss, and grief, but Odell’s artwork — including whimsical little birds with silly hats and balloons — lifts the music of her chosen words, encouraging this reader at least to sometimes find delight, perhaps even joy, in this chapbook. Odell’s renderings of softly drawn birds and flora are paired with found words pasted to the drawings as like a scrapbook, a meditation on sad but inevitable events, the fact that you canno ...more
Sandy Benitez
Feb 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Once again, I was searching for a unique poetry book to read and when I came across this chapbook on Nightingale & Sparrow's literary site, it immediately peaked my interest. I love mixed media, collage, and dark poetry, it's rare to find these types of poetry books though I think they are beginning to sprout up more often now, which is a great thing.

I thought the collages and poems within were intriguing and they instantly present a visceral reaction, to the point where you excitedly await the
Charlotte Hamrick
Jan 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This small book of poetry and art is huge in heart and soul. Birdy’s illustrations are whimsical and touching, perfectly matching her poetry. Each poem is a gem evoking feelings of nostalgia, mystery, and mindfulness. I know I’ll return to Cemetery Music again and again. I highly recommend this book.
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