In “Glimpse,” the title poem of her new collection, Victoria Twomey calls for us to pause, “share this momentary clarity” and assures us this will reveal “something calm and true.” As we read, we come to trust her to provide at least a glimpse of what might be better in us, and in our world. Though the poet knows the world can sometimes be hard or dark, she always retains faith in the beauty of it, and us. Twomey is an accomplished visual artist, who makes many beautiful things. Here, she makes new ones, but out of words. The poems in Glimpse will engage you and leave you hopeful, even if you had thought hope was in short supply.
— Alan Walowitz, author, The Story of the Milkman and Other Poems
As benefits a collection of poems by a poet who is also a painter, a collection aptly titled Glimpse, these poems are visual pieces filled with stars, with birds (and other things that fly including dragonflies and shamans), with fish, the sea, with memories and prayers, and the magical images of a woman in love. There is even a glimpse of “a woman, painting a woman… she paints the light illuminating a garden.” Step into that light and catch a glimpse of what poet/painter Victoria Twomey sees.
— Dan Wilcox, Poet & Peace Activist, runs the Third Thursday Poetry Night at the Social Justice Center in Albany, NY
At the parlor, the haunting and haunted speaker of these poems receives a velvet sack with “an unexpected weight of bone and ash.” In time she will learn to live with the memory of her father singing, her father distilled into dust. This is just one of many compelling glimpses Victoria Twomey gifts her readers in these poems composed with pigments and brush strokes of a painter, these paintings seen and reproduced on the canvas of the page.
— Indran Amirthanayagam, publisher Beltway Editions, author, Ten Thousand Steps Against The Tyrant
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