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Softly Glowing Exit Signs is a photo album of a life lived intensely and painfully, but really lived, and survived. As with any heroine, Georgia Park is who we look for at the end, walking through that fire, not intact, not okay, but absolutely capable of going on. Georgia Park is a woman growing up through these pages, into a survivor, someone you want to know because she’s damn clever, fiendishly smart, and desperately real. She doesn’t try to be cool or sexy, she’s so beyond the usual cults and tropes, her maturity lies in her willingness to tell it as it is.
“The takeaway from reading Softly Glowing Exit Signs is that the writing is real life, and that overall poetry is real life, and that real life can be measured and unmasked within writing itself. When reading Softly Glowing Exit Signs I felt I was left in a room with Georgia Park, and she is telling me everything with a vulnerability she has not shown many people. It left me needing to read more, or sit and listen because anything else would be unjust.
Conclusively, 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.”
“You will quickly find when you get to the end of the first prose piece in this book, that Park is serving the imagery of her work without warning labels or protective coatings. Raw and visceral are the best words to describe how she delivers her amazing talent in Softly Glowing Exit Signs and it packs a very powerful punch early out of the gate.
She takes the reader on a journey of heightened emotions and unflinching looks into the everyday reality of our world. The settings and the props for the stage of this performance would seem to be mundane facets of daily life. But, with Park’s expert hand, they are arranged to form vast murals of expression that one would not normally consider when taking in such sights.
In short, Softly Glowing Exit Signs is a masterpiece work by Georgia Park and should be included in the library of all of those who admire the intricacies of human existence and the beautiful moments that can be found in even the most challenging of circumstances.”
-Eric Syrdal, Pantheon
“Georgia Park is a natural at what she does, she breathes words out, right into your face. “
-Candice Louisa Daquin, Pinch the Lock
About the Author
Georgia Park is the author of Quit Your Job and Become a Poet (Out of Spite) and Softly Glowing Exit Signs. Her work has been featured in several books and
literary magazines, and she has been asked to speak on the subject of creative writing at several educational institutions,
most recently Boston University.
Softly Glowing Exit Signs explores her wild romp from dysfunctional childhood to semi functional adulthood.