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The Spellbook of Fruit and Flowers (Fomite Press, forthcoming 2023)
Evelyn As (Fomite Press, 2019)
Matt Hart says “Evelyn As is a vivid, poetic account of the early life and career of late 19th and early 20th Century chorus girl, artists’ model, and actress Evelyn Nesbit. These dynamic, fraught, and textural poems provide a stunning and heartbreaking portrait of a life of stardom, violence, scandal, and survival, weaving together everything from the Persephone myth and Little Red Riding Hood to Rapunzel and Snow White—not to mention also gaze theory, the sometimes (wildly complicated) transformative power of art, and the roles we all play both willingly and un-. At its heart, Evelyn As is a compelling, gripping, and tragic blockbuster of a book, simultaneously cinematic, awe inspiring, and crushing.”
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“Evelyn As. . .assembles snapshots of a life in order to serve as a source of real light for those who may desperately need it–those who may still be trapped in the artificial glow of what they are manipulated into believing they are worth.” Troy Varvel, Crab Orchard Review
“Evelyn As offers hope in its interrogation, in its willingness to confront these beasts and men and wolves, through the strength of women’s stories. It is both confession and apology, both love-letter and call to action, a book that will remind you of the importance of watching and listening to the vulnerable around you.” Joy Clark, Arkansas International
all breathing heartbreak (2019):
A chapbook of poems which includes work from Cider Press Review, Cimarron Review, Rattle, River Styx, Southeast Review, Tar River Poetry, and more.
Woods & Water, Wolves & Women (2012):
Jeanne Marie Beaumont notes that “In the tradition of all savvy tale spinners, Christine Butterworth-McDermott reshapes the characters from fairy tales for the contemporary landscape. Full of sassy tone, poignant new angles, wised-up attitudes, and probing psychology, her poems remind us that the faces of seduction, jealousy, curiosity, longing, and rue that appear in the tales are not unlike those we see in our own mirrors, year after year. Through both their familiarity and their strangeness, these poems discover new ways to relight the source material in order to delight the reader.”
Tales on Tales: Sestinas (2010):
Gaylord Brewer asserts “Christine Butterworth-McDermott’s Tales on Tales is an eclectic chorus of literary voices. This is an engaging collection that probes what happened and questions why. There are stories to be set straight, and the speakers in these poems refuse to be silenced. From Hemingway to Du Maurier to Margaret Mitchell, in these accomplished sestinas no one’s safe.”