Review: Christy Birmingham’s Poetry Collection “Versions of The Self”

A new review for “Versions of the Self” has lit up my day! Thank you to Sarah Potter for the 5 star review, words of encouragement, and detailed account of my book.

Sarah Potter Writes

Versions of the Self

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Imagine a shift to the way you see the world that arises through poetic narration. Imagine the world, at its base level, is a collection of selves. These selves collide, disperse, intermingle, and share themselves in lines of free verse. Such is the premise of Versions of the Self, poetry that assumes multiple types of selves exist and relate in ways that alter them. Each of the eight chapters looks at a different type of self, including the singular “I” and romantic interactions. These unique 80 poems definitely color themselves outside of the lines.


Christy Birmingham has written her poetry collection Versions of The Self from the first-person viewpoint because it’s about her personal journey. At first I found the constant use of the word “I” off-putting, but my initial reaction fast metamorphosed into feeling privileged, as a reader, to share…

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40 thoughts on “Review: Christy Birmingham’s Poetry Collection “Versions of The Self”

  1. Teagan Geneviene

    What a lovely holiday present this review is, Christy. I’m happy you reblogged it. I agree with your premise that there are many different versions of the self. It matches what I mean when I say that I “flex” to find an aspect of myself that has commonality with others. I’m not being phony, I’m just flexing to that part of myself. And it’s not something that I do consciously. Congrats on this great review. Happy New Year hugs.

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  2. reocochran

    This was a thoughtful review of your beautiful book of poetry. I am so glad you received 5 of 5 stars! When I listed ways bloggers could buy books, art or music from fellow bloggers, I listed your book. I have not read it, though. I usually fill out Requisition forms from the Library to order fellow bloggers’ books.

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  4. dgkaye

    Such a wonderful review, and a great way to start the new year! Happy New Year to you my sweet friend. Wishing you lots of love, happiness and health for the New Year and always. 🙂 xo ❤

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  5. Marsha

    What a nice review. Not using “I” is very difficult, since we filter everything through ourselves. When I write, I have to edit out so many “I’s.” Thanks for visiting my blog. I enjoy publishing other people’s book reviews. I haven’t ever reviewed a poetry book before. 🙂 Happy New Year. 🙂

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  6. pix & kardz

    what a warm, affirming review. i can imagine it would be hard to write about yourself without using ‘i’ – and yet sometimes that’s exactly what is needed. thanks for sharing the review here. Happy New Year!

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  7. Ste J

    Great review of your work, I found myself nodding along like one of those bobbleheads. At least that’s probably how the other people on the bus thought of me, Happy New year!

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  8. Sarah Potter Writes

    Thanks all you wonderful people for such lovely comments about Christy. It just shows what a star she is, and how much everybody adores her 🙂 Let’s hope that news of her poetry spreads far and wide in 2017. Word of mouth is what it’s all about.

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