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Casualties of Honey



Casualties of Honey
by Madison Gill

Even If Its Destiny Is Already Ashes

a review of Madison Gill’s Casualties of Honey

by David Anthony Martin


In Casualties of Honey, Madison Gill gives us love poems which illuminate what Faulkner said as “the problems of the human heart in conflict with itself” as she reckons with her own mortality through the lens of relationship. Is love worth it or not, is it a good thing, or a damaging thing. Rather than hiding from loving as a protection, she chooses to engage and feel “all the things” deeply. Gill chooses to believe in something rather than in nothing—and this decision is transformational. Gill finds healing through the process of loving. More than romantic aspects of love are here as well as the poet (like the rest of us) must navigate our contemporary world of the 9 to 5 workweek, the price of gas, domestic chores, the appearance of gray hair, struggles with the healthcare system, social media, and spirituality. 


Madison Gill (she/her) is a poet from Montrose, Colorado. She received her BA in English from Colorado State University-Pueblo. She was the 2021 winner of the Cantor Prize awarded by the Telluride Arts Institute’s Talking Gourds Poetry Program. Her poetry has been widely published both online and in print, locally, nationally and even internationally. Her work appears or is forthcoming in Tinderbox Poetry Journal, Twenty Bellows, Beyond the Veil Press, Sledgehammer Lit, Tiny Spoon, and From Whispers to Roars among others. Madison lives with her fiancé and their cat in a tiny home at the foot of the San Juan Mountains. Find her on instagram @sweetmint_poet

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