Beauty in Broken Places is beautifully written and wonderfully expressive poetry. A number of the poems deal with the body and aging. Norcross is frank without seeking pity and portrays the life changes she experiences in a clear and touching way. Regardless of the topic, she is consistently able to write of each in profoundly stirring manner. As with her previous collections, another inspiring read.
Here is a sample from “You Are Limitless.”
There is beauty in broken places—
the parts we cling to—
the memories kept hidden
in crevices kept close.
Where Light escapes and shines,
awareness lays bare our truths.
It begins to heal
what remains hidden.
We break open.
We uncover the soft underbelly
the tender heart.
Beauty in Broken Places, Cristina M.R. Norcross, Kelsay Books, 2019.