Rhiannon McGavin’s “Branches” is a stunning debut that unapologetically revels in the strangeness of the adolescent experience. In quick-witted poems that center memory in present action, McGavin impressively leads us through a spectrum of emotions spanning from laughter to heartbreak to gravitas. In the opening poem, “Angel Coda”, McGavin writes, Los Angeles is a place of many things. So too are these poems – inviting, wild, brilliant.
––Peter Laberge, founder and editor-in-chief of The Adroit Journal
These are Rhiannon’s three favorite books about poetry, by poets. She reads them when she spends too long trying to pick between using definite and indefinite articles in a line. For a more in-depth discussion of the books, click on YouTube video below.
Rainer Maria Rilke
Letters to a Young Poet
A Poetry Handbook
Some of us Did NOT Die
Rhiannon McGavin is Youth Poet Laureate of Los Angeles (2016), and a current English major at UCLA. Her first collection of poetry, Branches, was published in 2017 with Penmanship Books. She has performed her original poetry from the Hollywood Bowl to the Library of Congress, and makes creative writing more accessible through her online work.