ABOUT THE BUTTERFLY BRUISES
Smith’s debut collection consists of 80 poems and several short stories. It is a meditation on miscommunication, childhood, Northeastern vs. Southern American culture, family, nature vs. technology, and the imagination of the introvert.
“From sonnets to somnambulance, from algae to oxytocin, from manatees to Manhattan, Smith rides the riptides of memory’s fictions and frictions in this prolific debut. The Butterfly Bruises is a gem mine of poems and stories that write through grief and growing up, personal and planetary survival, with words rugged and glistening like seashell shards.”
-Poetry Critic and Scholar, Professor Robert Dewhurst
Having grown up in NYC and the Southeast, Palmer is presently an MA student at The University of Virginia. Read More
Claire Fullerton’s Reviews > The Butterfly Bruises
The Butterfly Bruises
by Palmer Smith (Goodreads Author)
Claire Fullerton‘s review
An assembly of deep probing, masterfully crafted prose and poetry for the discerning reader. The tone is insightful, the use of language impressively beyond the pale. Thought provoking and at times seemingly personal and confessional, the contents of Palmer Smith’s The Butterfly Bruises is breathtaking as her subjects range from a mirror reflection to the death of the family dog to musings on how butterflies survive in winter. This is a book to savor; extraordinary, creative writing that reads as a series of vignettes written from a fresh perspective. A list of eleven discussion questions at the book’s end for book clubs and readers will prompt your powers of reflection, and there is much to reflect upon in this resonant, meditative book! I thoroughly enjoyed it and will certainly revisit its pages.
Meet Palmer Smith
Passionate about writing and poetry, Palmer
is a current English MA student.
Her poetry and short stories have appeared in:
The Crime Yard
Newark Library Literary Journal
The Online Journal for Person-Centered Dermatology
For Women Who Roar
A New Ullster Magazine
Poethead: The Irish Poetry Journal
Potted Purple Magazine
Push Up Daisies Magazine
The Scissortail Quarterly… amongst many others.
Her poetry was recently praised by the CFO of Garden and Gun Magazine.
The Butterfly Bruises is her first published collection of work.