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The Truth About The Sky by MP Armstrong
I cherish a collection that invites me to ask life’s most important questions: how much does the moon really love me? What would it look like if astronauts delivered our mail? Are there suburbs in the sky, and what if we baked the universe into a pie? I want forever with these questions. And mp creates the safest skies for us, provides some answers. We are “as safe as the space radishes,” our souls can be written “into meshes instead of collisions.” Enmesh yourself in this planetary magic. Answer yourself in the starlight of these poems.
- Sam Herschel Wein, author of Fruit Mansion
A pitless fascination with the moon and her escape. A naked waltz for the unlucky. An anti-matter of sublimeness that smothers our minuscule and inescapable existence. The Truth about the Sky is brimming with scintillatingly sharp poetry that drapes the reader in the sky with MP Armstrong’s star-splittingly bare language. Their book invites you to lie with the knowledge of the suffocating vastness of that which is above us as much as it promises: “and here you are, / down below watching.”
- Sunny Vuong, Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Interstellar Literary Review
“In the truth about the sky, we learn of a shattered earth ‘made from its own broken pieces.’ Armstrong juxtaposes a quiet notion of apocalypse with celestial imagery, inviting readers to dive into the emotions and archives of our scarred and starred world. As a reimagined origin story fused with both scientific and magical realist elements, Armstrong questions what we think we know about truth: can anyone be godly within a crumbling planet? A natural intimacy extends beyond the lines of their poetry, balancing the work’s underlying anxious unrest with an overflow of tenderness. These poems serve as a reminder of how often we live our lives isolated, ‘buttoned into your own / little existence,’ and yet we are always imperceptibly constellated with others’ orbits. In a state of brokenness, Armstrong’s chapbook teaches us how to live beside something larger than ourselves and still embrace the meaning of our lives.”
-Samantha Fain, author of Coughing Up Planets and sad horse
MP Armstrong is a disabled queer writer from Ohio, studying English and history at Kent State University. Their work appears or is forthcoming in Perhappened, Prismatica Magazine, and Hominum Journal, among others, and their debut chapbook, who lives like this for such a cheap price?, is published by Flower Press (2021). Find them online @mpawrites and at https://www.mpawrites.com/
Page numbers: 29
Publication date: September 2021
Cover Art & Design: Haley Jenkins