elisa_rolle (elisa_rolle) wrote,
elisa_rolle
elisa_rolle

2017 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: In and Out of Love Shelley Thrasher


1) I loved this collection of poetry. These poems were thoughtful, insightful, and beautifully executed. So few words engaged me as a reader and I eagerly moved from one poem to the next.  

In and Out of Love Shelley Thrasher
Lesbian - Poetry
Paperback: 204 pages
Publisher: Sapphire Books Publishing (December 15, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1943353735
ISBN-13: 978-1943353736
Amazon: In and Out of Love Shelley Thrasher

Lammy-nominated novelist, editor, and college professor Shelley Thrasher, who grew up in a small, conservative town in East Texas, was a late bloomer. Her first published poetry collection, In and Out of Love, chronicles personal ups and downs during the 1980s and ’90s, when she came out. Most of these 150 brief, haiku-like poems feature images that speak for themselves, influenced by poets such as Allen Ginsberg and Anne Waldman, with whom she studied writing. The first poems portray the crushes and lovers the author was involved with during this period of her life. In part two, they express the longing for something she didn’t understand. Section three chronicles the painful rough spots she encountered during her journey of accepting herself as a lesbian. And the final section celebrates being in love with the woman she has now been joined with for twenty-five adventurous years. Legendary author, Lee Lynch writes about Shelley's poetry: Shelley Thrasher has a way of imbuing even the unlikeliest of words with sensuality. She writes in the style of the great lesbian Imagist poets H.D. and Amy Lowell. Her images are crystalline: "...the sea gnaws at the beach...." Thrasher celebrates life, even its deepest pain. She extols the glories of nature, classical times, art, travel, coming out, and love. In and Out of Love reads like a portrait of a woman who has seen the good and bad sides of life and now finds herself deeply contented while, as she titled one poem, "Peeling Summer Peaches."

This journal is friends only. This entry was originally posted at https://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/5126504.html. If you are not friends on this journal, Please comment there using OpenID.
Tags: rainbow awards 2017
Subscribe
  • Post a new comment

    Error

    Comments allowed for friends only

    Anonymous comments are disabled in this journal

    default userpic

    Your reply will be screened

    Your IP address will be recorded 

  • 0 comments