“Universe, have empathy
for the human curse
inside thee…”– firechild, afterbirth by Rey Muir
A dazzlingly dark and impactful debut poetry collection about revelation of one’s own magic, banishing binaries, the shadow of (m)otherhood, survival of night worlds and of childhood ghosts.
By virtue of accessibility and a touch of nature’s whimsy, Rey Muir crafts each poem into a small earth with a gravity of its own. In “spoke” about addiction and predatory relationships, Rey writes “too many touches bonded to my bones, like secret little strings that chain me to my villains.” In the title poem “afterbirth” Rey sweeps readers into the intimately spellbinding realm of self-discovery and acceptance of the human curse, “from all this time in the universe, every self I ever birthed—I call all my power back to me.”
Her words shed light on the unspeakable stories many share, which are otherwise lost to the universe. Her poems give power back to those who have known both the beauty and perils of being suspended in between.
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