Truths and Lullabies (Poetry Book Review)

A few weeks ago, new poet Ashley Marie did a chapbook giveaway to the first ten commenters on her Instagram post. I nabbed one of those copies, and have enjoyed reading through it. Ashley and I attended college together at Biola University, and she’s begun publishing her work, as of late.

Ashley Marie’s collection, Truths and Lullabies, features 25 poems. Her poetry encompasses a wide spectrum of style, from more formal verse to contemporary spoken word. The positive message in each poem unites the collection as a whole. As a poet, Ashley Marie “desires the presence of truth and beauty within the lines she crafts.” 

And truth and beauty certainly flow through her words. My favorite poems are “Ode to Eire'” and “Paper.” “Ode to Eire” weaves together Irish diction with nostalgia for a beautifully crafted selection. “Paper,” one of Ashley Marie’s spoken word pieces, powerfully addresses human worth. The poem ends with a single, well-placed Christian allusion. The last line gave me chills.

If you’re interested in purchasing this lovely little book, you may do so on Amazon. You can also follow Ashley Marie on Instagram at redandblack_words.

Published by Stephaniesninthsuitcase

Hi, there! My name is Stephanie and I’m a Fresno, CA native. After studying at Biola University, I received my MLIS (Masters in Library Science) from San Jose State University. I live with my mom, poet Kimberly Vargas Agnese, and serve as her unofficial agent. We reside at MeadowArc, a food forest in its infancy. I am called to, and passionate about, purity. In fact, the name Agnes means “pure.” Before I was born, my mom felt led to include the name Agnes in her name, and in the names of her children. My full, hyphenated name includes 26 letters (but not the whole alphabet).

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