Swallowtail
Swallowtail: A deep dive into the dissection of popular culture, and how the brightness and horrors of it can be mirrors into the daily lived experiences of women in America.

Swallowtail Details

TitleSwallowtail
Author
ReleaseOct 1st, 2019
PublisherButton Poetry
ISBN-139781943735631
Rating
GenrePoetry, Health, Mental Health, Sequential Art, Graphic Novels

Swallowtail Review

  • Jessica
    January 1, 1970
    The poems in Swallowtail speak of grief, abuse, and mental health. Raw and gritty, these poems share what it is to be an abuse survivor, to grieve a loved one, to move through the world with stones in your pockets. They reflect both perseverance and a feeling a hopelessness. Both strength and weakness. They illustrate the complexities of healing from trauma. This is a book I'm sure to return to again and again. “As if survivalcould ever be delicate.As if we haven’t been chewin The poems in Swallowtail speak of grief, abuse, and mental health. Raw and gritty, these poems share what it is to be an abuse survivor, to grieve a loved one, to move through the world with stones in your pockets. They reflect both perseverance and a feeling a hopelessness. Both strength and weakness. They illustrate the complexities of healing from trauma. This is a book I'm sure to return to again and again. “As if survivalcould ever be delicate.As if we haven’t been chewingrocks for generations.As if we haven’t been rebuildingour own bones.”
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  • twiinklex
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to NetGalley, the publisher and the author for an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.Impressive and powerful right from the first page, this is one of those rare modern poetry books that stands out on its own merit. WHEN I SAY I FORGIVE YOU,KNOW THISI did not bury the hatchet.I have the hatchet in my hands.I am building a new house. I enjoyed this book, whose poems talk about grief, loss, trauma, abusive relationships, mental health, survi/> Thank you to NetGalley, the publisher and the author for an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.Impressive and powerful right from the first page, this is one of those rare modern poetry books that stands out on its own merit. WHEN I SAY I FORGIVE YOU,KNOW THISI did not bury the hatchet.I have the hatchet in my hands.I am building a new house. I enjoyed this book, whose poems talk about grief, loss, trauma, abusive relationships, mental health, survival and more. I also loved the pop culture references e.g. Harry Potter and Batman. The Neville Longbottom one really stuck to me because it gave unique insight and a different perspective to popular opinion.The execution and writing style are also commendable e.g. being subtle and ambivalent without being bizarre / spiteful / flowery for the sake of it. I'm not sure how to put it exactly but I just love how the author can say so much in so few words.I will definitely be checking out the author's other works.
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  • Jinghay (TheSecretNoceur)
    January 1, 1970
    [ I received a copy on Netgalley in return for an honest review. ]'Swallowtail' is a poetry book that explores the challenges of grief, trauma and mental health through popular culture and the author's own personal experiences."To love me / is to love a haunted house. / It's fun to visit once a year, / but no one wants to live there."There were many powerful poems, just like the one above, through out the book and what I enjoyed most about them was the fact th [ I received a copy on Netgalley in return for an honest review. ]'Swallowtail' is a poetry book that explores the challenges of grief, trauma and mental health through popular culture and the author's own personal experiences."To love me / is to love a haunted house. / It's fun to visit once a year, / but no one wants to live there."There were many powerful poems, just like the one above, through out the book and what I enjoyed most about them was the fact that they weren't excessively flowery and were instead straight to the point. It helped to grab my attention, and keep it there.The author often included references to popular culture like "Harry Potter" and "Batman", and I think that helped to give me a better understanding of the poems as a whole. They also gave a different interpretation into how these other characters may have been feeling at the time (for example, Neville Longbottom in Harry Potter), and I found that really interesting.Although I couldn't necessarily relate to everything that the author covers through out the book, I still found it to be an enjoyable, quick read and I would love to check out more of Brenna Twohy's works in the future!Would definitely recommend!Rating: 3.5 / 5
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  • Tamar Alexanian
    January 1, 1970
    "Trauma sends you letters / without warning / for the rest of your life, / usually disguised as something else - / a medical bill, maybe, / or a box of photo albums packages up by your father, / just so you remember / trauma knows exactly where you live - / who did you think built the house?""The fifth problem is / when a new man tells you he likes you too much / already, it doesn't sound like a promise. / It sounds like a smoke alarm / warning you to get out fast - / If you hurry, / "Trauma sends you letters / without warning / for the rest of your life, / usually disguised as something else - / a medical bill, maybe, / or a box of photo albums packages up by your father, / just so you remember / trauma knows exactly where you live - / who did you think built the house?""The fifth problem is / when a new man tells you he likes you too much / already, it doesn't sound like a promise. / It sounds like a smoke alarm / warning you to get out fast - / If you hurry, / you might miss the worst of it." "To love me / is to love a haunted house. / It's fun to visit once a year, / but no one wants to live there.""look, I wouldn't be lying / if I said you know me best of anyone, / but that truth / is my least favorite thing about me""I tell my friend on the phone, / Everything is such a mess. / She says, Brenna, I love you, / but look at your hands. / And I don't know how I missed it, / these fistfuls of mud, / these months finger0painting the walls, / pressing dirt / into any clean thing I could find."
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  • Kei • fiction court •
    January 1, 1970
    This was nice. I read it on Kindle so I'm positive I didn't read it the way it was meant to be read, formatting wise but I enjoyed it all the same. The poems were longer than I expected, or at least longer than the ones I've read recently which was nice for a change.Swallowtail spoke of grief, abuse, a lot of pop culture references and mental health. Some of these were really powerful and actually very raw and unapologetic.when I say I forgive youknow thisI did not/>when This was nice. I read it on Kindle so I'm positive I didn't read it the way it was meant to be read, formatting wise but I enjoyed it all the same. The poems were longer than I expected, or at least longer than the ones I've read recently which was nice for a change.Swallowtail spoke of grief, abuse, a lot of pop culture references and mental health. Some of these were really powerful and actually very raw and unapologetic.when I say I forgive youknow thisI did not bury the hatchet.I have the hatchet in my hands.I am building a new houseGood stuff.
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  • Stevie
    January 1, 1970
    "grief is not a feelingbut a neighborhood.this is where I come from.everyone still lives there."This collection of poetry tells a few beautiful and heartbreaking stories of loss. Loss of love, loss of family, loss of self. I'm blown away. From the first line of the first poem, Brenna Twohy's grief is evident. She doesn't shy away from it but instead lays it all out there. This is the best collection of poetry I've read in 2019.Thank you to NetGalle "grief is not a feelingbut a neighborhood.this is where I come from.everyone still lives there."This collection of poetry tells a few beautiful and heartbreaking stories of loss. Loss of love, loss of family, loss of self. I'm blown away. From the first line of the first poem, Brenna Twohy's grief is evident. She doesn't shy away from it but instead lays it all out there. This is the best collection of poetry I've read in 2019.Thank you to NetGalley and Button Poetry for an Advanced Reade Copy.
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  • Graeme
    January 1, 1970
    Sometimes it's difficult to read rape poems and surprisingly, Brenna Twohy directly responds to men who think this way right in a great poem at the start of this collection. It's her voice and she will use it to say what she wants to say. She states it much better than I. Her poems deal with loss, whether it is a family member's suicide, her own attempts, trauma and love...and brings in pop culture metaphors from Survivor and Harry Potter, among others. Twohy's collection is excellent, biting, a Sometimes it's difficult to read rape poems and surprisingly, Brenna Twohy directly responds to men who think this way right in a great poem at the start of this collection. It's her voice and she will use it to say what she wants to say. She states it much better than I. Her poems deal with loss, whether it is a family member's suicide, her own attempts, trauma and love...and brings in pop culture metaphors from Survivor and Harry Potter, among others. Twohy's collection is excellent, biting, and rough, leaving this reader a bit unravelled and contemplating my own traumas.
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  • Midnight Voss
    January 1, 1970
    Swallowtail is a short, potent volume of poetry by Brenna Twohy, who comes out of the scene in Portland, Oregon and is finishing law school. An overall strong debut, Twohy's poetry is like a bracing, but refreshing, step into the first winter air. I wasn't expecting it, but god, does it feel good.Read the rest of the review at my site:https://midnightvosswriting.blogspot....
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  • Pablo
    January 1, 1970
    As many books of slam poetry, it is funny, painful, touching and deeply personal. It is a tour into the mind of a person, their experiences and how they deal with the resulting collection. It helps to search for videos of her doing some of her poems, it gives you a sense of her voice and cadence.
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  • Morgan
    January 1, 1970
    He seemed like such a nice guy, everyone says,as I tell them my new address,as if you can tell from outside an oven if the meat inside is poison.This is one of, if not my #1 favorite poetry read of the year; potentially all time. Brenna Twohy never fails to disappoint with her sharp wits and even sharper lines. Her prose and poems within this collection tackle abuse, trauma, escaping abusive circumstances, mental illness and loving yourself (as well as allowing yourself to be He seemed like such a nice guy, everyone says,as I tell them my new address,as if you can tell from outside an oven if the meat inside is poison.This is one of, if not my #1 favorite poetry read of the year; potentially all time. Brenna Twohy never fails to disappoint with her sharp wits and even sharper lines. Her prose and poems within this collection tackle abuse, trauma, escaping abusive circumstances, mental illness and loving yourself (as well as allowing yourself to be loved) given all that comes with you. Her voice is so prominently hers in every single poem in this book and it's truly awe-inspiring.
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  • Rather.be.reading1
    January 1, 1970
    My favorite was "The guy in the back of the room" and they kept getting better from there. The poems have a good flow from one to the next. However, be wary of many triggers. Great short poetry book. Thank you for the opportunity to read and review this book.
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  • Rebekah
    January 1, 1970
    Brenna Twohy never disappoints. In Swallowtail, she explores past abusive relationships, grieving her brother’s death, and mental illness. I will definitely be picking up a copy of this one and recommend it to all who enjoy modern poetry.
  • Georgi_Lvs_Books
    January 1, 1970
    A poetry collection filled with a lot of emotional situations. ‘Call me Survivor.It is the ugliest triumph I own,But it is mine.It is mine.’ I’m a huge fan of poetry. It can be so powerful. ‘I know what it is to fight monsters. I know how strong an ordinary human has to be.’
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  • Shanni
    January 1, 1970
    Absolutely beautiful collection by Brenna, centering on trauma and survival.
  • Chrissy
    January 1, 1970
    Trigger warning - fierce poetry from a survivor of abuse.
  • Megan Vail
    January 1, 1970
    A beautiful collection of poetry by Brenna. I devoured this book and really enjoyed every piece in it. The last poem in the collection brought me to emotional tears. ❤ A beautiful collection of poetry by Brenna. I devoured this book and really enjoyed every piece in it. The last poem in the collection brought me to emotional tears. ❤️
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  • Maxine Taylor
    January 1, 1970
    Every time I see a book published by Button Poetry I know it is going to be great and this book is no exception. One of my favorite poems was "Little Red Riding Hood Addresses the Next Wolf" and I say on of because it would be impossible to pick just one. Brenna Twohy's poem are a beautiful exploration of trauma, grief and being a woman in this world. When I read the collection all I could think about was how I wasn't the only one who feels these things. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this collect Every time I see a book published by Button Poetry I know it is going to be great and this book is no exception. One of my favorite poems was "Little Red Riding Hood Addresses the Next Wolf" and I say on of because it would be impossible to pick just one. Brenna Twohy's poem are a beautiful exploration of trauma, grief and being a woman in this world. When I read the collection all I could think about was how I wasn't the only one who feels these things. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this collection and know that I will continue to pick it up to read through again and again.
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