Official Website of LGBTQ+ Poet
debuting her first book of poetry
Let the bees rest
IN THE PRESS
Every poetic moment in Liz Holland’s Let the bees rest reveals the truth of a deep and powerful knowing. Holland moves the reader through fatigue, unmet expectations, “self-harm and catechism,” tenderness and absence, as she draws them into her confidence. Throughout this collection, Holland’s nimble hand compels the reader to bear witness to their own mortality. She weaves the pain and beauty of living into poems that channel a spirit “hardened by the insistence of the body to break,” but also “soothe a honeycomb chest into a great softening.” Readers like myself will return to these poems often in order to undergo the inexorable force of self-revelation.
Kari Ann Ebert
Poetry and Interview Editor, The Broadkill Review
Liz Holland’s Let the bees rest invites us into a space, a garden, where the reader can feel safe to stay a while. These poems are “an army of gentle witnesses” providing a portrait of how one can continue to evolve through life’s challenges; religious trauma, uncertain familial relationships, and addiction. If you let her, Holland will show you how to find love as big as the ocean, to become the ocean yourself.
Author of Cut the Lights
Let the bees rest is a wonder of a book. Liz Holland combines the urgency of a trauma nurse with the tenderness of a poet who knows "when there is no god altars are everywhere." Holland lays on the table of the imagination poems that teach the anatomy of wisdom. Here is a vulnerable heart. Here is a resonate voice unafraid of curiosity. Here are lines that move like the respiratory system sending oxygen into memory. What a hive of recovery these poems provide! Who knew how much could be restored if we Let the bees rest?
Cave Canum Fellow, author of The Understudy's Handbook and Low Parish
Liz Holland is a poet with her MFA in Creative Writing & Publishing Arts from the University of Baltimore. Nominated for ‘Best of the Net’ in 2021, her work can be found in Remington Review, Broadkill Review, Little Patuxent Review, Welter, The Oakland Review, and several other literary journals. She lives in Baltimore with her fur-son Brax. She can be found on IG and Twitter @lizhollandpoet
Previously published work:
Welter 'The guardsman'
The Oakland Review 'Now that I'm forty'
Little Patuxent Review '7-year-old in a polka dot jumper'
Howard County Poetry and Literature Society second place winner of the 2021 Ellen Kennedy Conroy Poetry Prize 'Lifeboy swept away'
Marias at Sampaguitas 'Tensile strength of the heart'