Beauty in the Broken Places (poetry chapbook) by author Cristina M. R. Norcross (SIGNED COPIES)


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BEAUTY IN THE BROKEN PLACES, Cristina M. R. Norcross (Kelsay Books, 2019)
28 poems *SIGNED COPIES*
(Cover artwork by Erin Prais-Hintz)

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Readers will recognize their own stories, or similar ones, in Beauty in the Broken Places. This book of poems serves as a loyal and constant companion to return to for solace, encouragement, and support for challenging times. These poems will hold your hand for shadow moments and rejoice with you during times of gratitude. With themes covering a variety of topics related to brokenness and strength, Beauty in the Broken Places offers up comforting words about grief and loss, body image and self-acceptance, healing from emotional and physical scars, finding inspiration in the strength of others, and the gathering up of hope in a broken world.


Cristina Norcross has gifted us a book of poems about the body and the body’s always singular beauty. These large-hearted poems hold space for pain, and love, for the brilliance of stars and the softness of a woman’s tender belly. Again and again, she reassures us, “You deserve to exist here,” her message both simple and profound. Equal parts healing, joy, and fierce reclamation, Beauty In the Broken Places reminds us that to be broken is to be broken open, a blessing.

—Sarah Sadie, founder/owner of Odonata Creative, author of We Are Traveling Through Dark at Tremendous Speeds

The poems in Beauty in the Broken Places are like reassuring offerings to all of the varied ruptures of human existence. Norcross offers the embodiment of the Divine in both real and ethereal ways, and how it manifests itself through the mind, body, and the soul. These poems remind us of the beauty that is inherent in not only what we are fortunate enough to have, but what we must relinquish, naturally, through the natural and inevitable passage of time in our lives. These poems are a triumph of the feminine spirit and a lodestar for the modern human condition.

—Michelle Reale, author of Birds of Sicily

These poems pulse with the dappled light of hope. They spin optimism into the vacuum left when compassion departs, weave threads of smoke from our past into wings of peace. We are left with the sense that the melodies of life will outlast the sorrows.

—Ruth Bavetta, author of Flour, Water, Salt and No Longer at This Address

Cristina M. R. Norcross is the founding editor of the online poetry journal, Blue Heron Review (, and the author of 8 poetry collections. Her most recent books include Amnesia and Awakenings (Local Gems Press, 2016), and Still Life Stories (Aldrich Press, 2016). Her works have been published in: The Toronto Quarterly, Red Cedar, The MOON Magazine, Your Daily Poem, Lime Hawk, Bramble, The Poetry Storehouse, Right Hand Pointing, Visual Verse, and Pirene’s Fountain, among others. Cristina’s work also appears in numerous print anthologies. Cristina was the co-organizer of One Vision: A Fusion of Art and Poetry (2009-11). Cristina is currently the co-founder of Random Acts of Poetry and Art Day (Feb. 20th). Find out more about this author at:

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