Poetry, chapbook, 32 pages, from Bottlecap Features.
A Magnolia Tree Outside a Child’s Bedroom Window is one poet’s testament to the world, in all its small crevices and moments — spanning from a contently solitary childhood into a worried, but hopeful adulthood. The poems touch on dearly remembered experiences with tender hands and a thoroughly tender heart.
Poems like “Overreaction” confront seasonal depression for those bitter and scared of what winter brings. Poems like “Above” place nature and urbanization in contrast, while “Brick” recognizes the beauty in the city’s hidden spaces. This is a book of childhood nostalgia, aging, fear, comfort, love, and above all, contemplation.
Taylor Cielo is a former editor-in-chief of the magazine The Arrowhead, former sushi chef, and current legal proofreader. She has been published in The Arrowhead, the North Carolina Bards Poetry Anthology, and the Bards Against Hunger chapbook. She lives in Raleigh, North Carolina with her best friends and her beloved cat. Taylor is also the Gesellen Fechten champion historical fencer of North Carolina, but only on a technicality.