wholehearted by Brianne Battye
First electronic edition
Praise for wholehearted:
wholehearted abounds with elegant wordplay and creative structures underpinning poems that illuminate moments of humour, darkness, and everyday life, building a collection that sings with Brianne's clear poetic voice.
- Jessica Bromley Bartram, creator of Ghost Water Kiss
wholehearted by Brianne Battye takes the reader through days where “sanity crack[s] egg-length across a sheet of paper,” and everything is changing, fast. The poems in this chapbook range from meditations on friendship to a modern-day murder ballad, porcelain cat collecting, and even a poem about not leaving a tip. Battye plays with language and how we interact with it in the digital age with the poems “mistyped,” “misheard,” and “misread.” Battye weaves pop culture and clever language into the poems in this collection with sincerity and conviction. Each poem is a delight; Battye is a poet to look out for.
- Erin Emily Ann Vance, author of The Sorcercess Who Left Too Soon and Advice for Taxidermists and Amateur Beekeepers
Brianne Battye's wholehearted fills your brain with interpretive turns and spins in form and voice. The poems, full of observations about partners, contemporary life and cats, leave you holding your breath and yet are gentle and soft, like a cat’s paw on the edge of a bathtub.
- Matthew Walsh, author of These are not the potatoes of my youth
Featuring cover art by Kailee Wakeman
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the crawl of it leaves goose-ish lumps
the lurch over a sidewalk drop
your lips leave space
but startle mine instead