The Butterfly Bruises, A Poetry Collection | by Palmer Smith


 Smith's debut collection consists of 80 poems and several short stories. It is a meditation on miscommunication, childhood, Northeastern vs. Southern American culture, family, nature vs. technology, and the imagination of the introvert.

“From sonnets to somnambulance, from algae to oxytocin, from manatees to Manhattan, Smith rides the riptides of memory’s fictions and frictions in this prolific debut. The Butterfly Bruises is a gem mine of poems and stories that write through grief and growing up, personal and planetary survival, with words rugged and glistening like seashell shards.”


-Poetry Critic and Scholar, Professor Robert Dewhurst 

Palmer's writing covers many topics...

Having grown up in NYC and the Southeast, Palmer is presently an MA student and splits her time between NY and VA. 

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I welcome any media inquiries.


I would also love to be represented in more independent neighborhood bookstores, so reach out  to see  how we can work together.

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Published Writing

"The North Fork" poem published in Ninshar Arts, April 2021

"Costco Catharsis" poem published in Cobra Milk, April 2021

“Daisy Buchanan" poem published in the Newark Library Literary Journal, Feb. 2021

"Charlotte and Melissa" short story published in the Crime Yard, Jan. 2021

“A Light Read” poem published in The Scissortail Quarterly, Nov. 2020 (This collection is now being sold on Amazon by The Scissortail Press.)

Several Poems published in Poethead-the online Irish Journal, Nov. 2020

“Grandmother” short story published in Selcouth Station, Nov. 2020

“Ladybug” poem published in Refresh Magazine, Nov. 2020

“The Falling of His Body” poem published in Push Up Daisies, Nov. 2020

“Body No. 19” poem published in Arc Journal, Oct. 2020

“The Dollhouse on Fifth Avenue” poem published in Arc Journal, Oct. 2020

“In Time,” “Relief” and “Live Now While We Are Here” poems published in Calm Down Magazine, August 2020-October 2020

“Puzzle Pieces” horror story published in The Remington Review, Sept. 2020 

“Book Review on Sally Mann’s Hold Still” published in level:deepsouth, Aug. 2020

“July” poem published in the French Press Zine, Aug. 2020

“My Oceanology” short story published in Sea Maven Magazine, July 2020

“She Did Not Know” poem, published in The Online Journal for Person Centered Dermatology, June 2020

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Upcoming Events

  • Chapel Hill Book Launch at the Carolina Inn
    May 20, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
    Chapel Hill, 211 Pittsboro St, Chapel Hill, NC 27516, USA
    Reading and signing!
  • The Book Tavern Signing
    Fri, Jun 04
    The Book Tavern
    Jun 04, 10:00 AM
    The Book Tavern , 936 Broad St #101, Augusta, GA 30901
    Signing outside in Augusta's local bookstore
  • Time is TBD
    The Corner Bookstore
    Time is TBD
    The Corner Bookstore , 1313 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10128
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 The Butterfly Bruises Book will be available at these fine bookstores in the USA and UK: