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Amy Billone’s The Light Changes

In this collection of mostly free-verse poetry Amy Billone explores issues ranging from father-daughter relationships and giving birth to suicide and the death of a colleague.

There is a lot of life contained in this short volume. Among these emotionally charged, life-affirming poems are several found poems, consisting of others’ words rearranged into lines and stanzas (whether they are actually found poems or only intended to look like such is a question for the poet to answer; one must never assume with poetry). These add a concrete feeling that grounds some of the more lyrical verses. “Billone’s debut poetry collection … begs for comparison to Sylvia Plath, a comparison in which Billone more than holds her own.”

Amy Billone's The Light Changes

Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review); Best Books of 2013

The Light Changes is a great volume of free verse, sometimes devastating and sometimes enlightening, being very straightforward and honest in the way it talks about suicide, but also reminding us that it’s (hopefully) better to live; and doing it all in an eloquent, beautifully crafted voice that would make this book stand out in and of itself.”
Charles Baker,; Winner of the IndieReader Discovery Award (Poetry) 2014

“I read The Light Changes three times, and each time it became a deeper work.”
Glynn Young,

“It is refreshing to read work that is thoughtful and painstakingly crafted. It is relieving to open a book of poems that do not dally on the minutia but rather grab the reader and make sure that she knows this book needed to happen. It is precisely that kind of urgency that will leave readers feeling grateful that Billone has given them a small window into her journey.”
Giovanna Marcus, Portland Book Review (5 Stars)

“These poems deliver a strong impact. […] Some of them defy a total understanding, and that is wonderful. There are layers and layers to be pulled back and meanings that vary with various interpretations and perspectives. This makes the work exciting and able to be reread many times without losing enjoyment.”
San Fransisco Book Review

“The poet’s expressive talents are far ranging, varying in word play and mood.”
Olivia Boler, Foreword Reviews

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