ISBN 9780620745048
Pages 76
Dimensions 210 x 140mm
Published 2017
Publisher Dryad Press, South Africa
Format Paperback

Metaphysical Balm

Poems by Michèle Betty

by Michèle Betty

Metaphysical Balm is a collection of poetry that utilises the lyrical subject, “Owl”, who is transmuted and transfigured through various guises, rituals, visions, histories, myths and physical and spiritual bodies, becoming a symbol for wisdom, inquisitiveness, religious longing, introspection, transfiguration and femininity.  The collection is a journey of spiritual fulfillment and physical healing from birth to adulthood, from death to the spiritual unknown.

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“Michele Betty’s collection with its protagonist Owl, breaks open the doors that keep life’s mysteries hidden from view. Mystical and yet deeply grounded in the human(e) these are the sorts of poems which flood heart and brain with a brilliant, bloody light”

Meg Vandermerwe

About the Author

Michèle Betty

Michèle Betty is the poetry editor of New Contrast: The South African Literary Journal and the founder of Dryad Press (Pty) Ltd, a bespoke poetry publishing company dedicated to the promotion and publication of poetry in South Africa. She has a BA LLB from the University of Witwatersrand and an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Cape Town. Her poems have appeared in journals both in South Africa and abroad, including Stanzas, Aerodrome, the Sol Plaatjie European Union Anthology, The Atlanta Review and the Live Canon International Poetry Anthology 2017. Her debut collection Metaphysical Balm was published in March 2017.

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