reviewed by Peter M. Fitzpatrick, US Review "I have known the burden of incubating a creative spirit like a caterpillar blooms a butterfly, and felt its struggle to release into a strange new phase of life " These poems follow a young woman's exploration of her inner landscape that inescapably melds with the outer landscape of nature. She wants to find stasis, security, and certainty with the right man, to fall in love. The pain of failure in this launches her into a search for meaning. The first section deals with her loss of her love and subsequent refuge in the sea, in roses, in butterflies. The butterfly farm she visits leads her to a dialogue with a man who tells her she is like a butterfly in love. He becomes "Blue Morpho," a correspondent who she touches base with throughout. This metaphor of change, of morphogenesis, becomes a central symbol in the next three parts. Her search for love and the accompanying pain and confusion finds metaphoric solace in this symbol. This kind of poetry may be reminiscent of countless poems and novels in the romantic tradition. It avoids cliche by not taking refuge in wish fulfillment or fantasy. It is unabashedly honest and therefore brave, making the words shine with a brilliance that comes naturally with naked feeling. This kind of bare-handed slogging through the brambles and thorn bushes of emotion is almost at odds with artistry or artifice. That the author manages distancing through use of nature and its processes is instinctively right. It is only where the language becomes too precious, too poetic, that we feel she errs. But she errs very little. For the most part, the power of her language strikes up against the limits of speech. That is poetry. --US Review of Books
About the Author
Kristina Mercier, an emerging author and poet, was born and raised in the small town of Flushing, Michigan. She wrote her first poem at age ten and has been writing poetry, stories and prose ever since as a way to grasp the complexities of life. It has been her great passion to write powerfully, but simply, about life, love and nature.
In her first book, she succeeds at this with great accomplishment. Her unique way of storytelling is through snippets of verse, imagery and metaphor that tells a tale of love and reconciliation and freedom.