Poems & Meditations
by Shavawn M. Berry
EVANESCENT CREATURE: Poems & Meditations explores the wisdom & life cycle of women through the archetypes of the wounded/magical/gifted child, the maiden, the mother, and the crone (Divine Feminine). These poems explore birth, sickness, old age, death, and rebirth. In them, Berry unpacks a myriad of experiences that affect and transform women as they move through their lives.
Berry examines the evanescent creature she’s contained since birth, the one who is empathic, sensitive, and fragile in a world that often makes her terrified and exhausted. She reveals the shattered strange beauty of the young woman she was: a woman as muse, catalyst, & traveler in search of all the errant & lost parts of her most secret self.
She remembers her experience as a daughter, unraveling her longing for more in the face of the pressures of a society that has long wanted women to remain small & stuck living amputated lives. She examines her current role as a caregiver – as her mother’s mother – watching as her mother’s essence disappears and she descends into full-blown dementia.
And finally, she ruminates on her sense of the furious, incandescent, numinous strength of women. She raises her voice in defense of the Divine Feminine nature of life itself, of this earth, and its oceans, forests, and luminous wild animals. Evanescent Creature is a book of searing poems and meditations seeking to offer solace and nourishment to women as they search for answers to the grief and beauty of life.
“Always honest, and sometimes gritty, Shavawn is on a search for the authentic and brings us with her as she explores why this is important and how it’s done. ...And if your life isn’t an authentic construct of love and gratitude, she whispers, get it there, and invites us to drink deeply of the heart’s sweet waters.”
—MELISSA I. HASSARD, Poet, Writer, Activist, Mother, and Director of Marketing & Partner at Sable Books
“Poignant, often heart-wrenching, Berry‘s writing draws you in and comforts you, all the while remaining refreshingly raw and 100% authentic.”
—LISA POLLMAN, Art Journalist, Borders, and Bridges
“When I first stumbled upon Shavawn’s work, I had to take my pulse. I was transported to a world where detail, magic, dreams, and realism played equal, often indistinguishable parts. I knew I was among the great, but I had no idea yet, how great until I got the chance to periodically collaborate with Shavawn and enjoy her writings on Rebelle Society. She has a way of capturing your imagination and turning you from a mere reader or spectator into a lively character or sometimes, even a co-author of her stories—a way of waking you up and stirring your soul and building a home of words and hope inside it I have rarely experienced.”
—ANDRÉA BALT, Co-Founder / Editor-in-Chief Rebelle Society & Creative Rehab