Poetry

Softly Glowing Exit Signs

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Park harnesses our fears and loves and weaves them into compelling short stories and poems.

Synopsis

Softly Glowing Exit Signs feels exactly like spending hours, being up all night, with a person bearing their soul, to which all you can be is silent, and listen, and all you can say is, “Thanks for sharing all of this with me.

Softly Glowing Exit Signs is Georgia Park’s second collection of poetry and, in my humble opinion, is even better than the first. Her first collection was witty, pithy and touching and Park established herself as a voice for the 21st century. Softly Glowing Exit Signs not only continues to secure Park’s place as a must-read, modern poet, but it demonstrates how much Park’s writing has matured since the first collection; how much she has had to overcome and master in the years between the releases.


The sections of this collection chart change and experience. Park’s writing is far more sincere and heartwrenching. She wields great skill with the written word - most notably shown in the two short stories included in this collection. Park harnesses our fears and weaves them into compelling pieces of fiction; and I would argue that Softly Glowing Exit Signs is worth reading just for these.


Park also remains a writer I can read and read and read. Her style is unique and will fight against any box you attempt to put it in. Thus, I read this collection in one sitting and have since returned to some of my favourites: Decor and Decorum, which also appeared in her first collection, Late and For How Stupid I Was, & Lost. 


It is difficult to sum up Park’s style because in many ways it is ever changing, from piece to piece. What Park does always achieve, however, is capturing raw humanity in her stories and poems. She is so well-versed in human nature, the reader, perhaps quite frighteningly, shall always find themselves in her words. 

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I published my debut poetry collection, Between The Trees, in May 2019. I act as EIC for Free Verse Revolution: a platform which showcases the work of writers from all over the globe. And when I'm not teaching English at a high school, I freelance as an editor for indie writers.

Synopsis

Softly Glowing Exit Signs feels exactly like spending hours, being up all night, with a person bearing their soul, to which all you can be is silent, and listen, and all you can say is, “Thanks for sharing all of this with me.

Grease Fire


My mother is not at the sink

not with eyes sunken

or a frilly apron

it’s my brother at the stovetop

aged eight, frying fish 

while I am upstairs 

with the door closed

I am counting

all I do is practice

I can’t zipper zips 

or button buttons

for the test I have coming up

to get into kindergarten

I am worrying when the grease fire

explodes

I can just hear my brother calling

get out of the house!

as he runs through the back door

but I can't make out his words

so I ignore them

the smoke makes its way to my room

I don’t notice until the firemen come

and I don’t notice

that all the other kids can read

until the teacher

separates me from them

and asks if I’m even trying

About the author

Georgia Park is a contributing editor of Sudden Denouement, founder of Whisper and the Roar, and author of Quit Your Job and Become a Poet (Out of Spite). view profile

Published on March 01, 2020

Published by Indie Blu(e) Publishing

20000 words

Genre: Poetry

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