Today on Coven Book Club, I reviewed Chloe Honum’s lovely book of poems The Tulip-Flame!
Often books of poetry need to be parceled out in installments to savor and digest. I’ve always liked this about poetry. You can take your time, be a careful reader, inhabit the world of each poem for a while. Chloe Honum’s debut book of poems The Tulip-Flame is different. It demands to be read in one sitting, cover to cover, so urgent is the voice in each poem, and I must say, it’s really a pleasure to sit captive with this book. Even if you aren’t a frequent reader of poetry, you’ll enjoy Honum’s poems.
Winner of the 2013 Cleveland State University Poetry Center First Book Prize, The Tulip-Flame is at its heart a record and reflection of the poet’s mother’s death from suicide. Even the poems that aren’t overtly about Honum’s mother carry in them the dramatic charge of her truncated life. There’s a loose narrative that the book…
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