About the Collection

Sonically rich, Shaw’s poems celebrate language’s capacities and probe its potential to move us from mourning to joy and a more profound commitment to life in all its forms.

“It Will Have Been So Beautiful, Amanda Shaw’s wonderful debut, is as interested in language itself as what language can make. “This shouldn’t be beautiful,” she writes, but to the contrary, it is.” 

Nathan McClain, Author of Previously Owned
Up there amid the midges and wild carrot
Greg told me about the layers of time
I couldn't see, the remnants
of fervent lava streams
beneath the green furrows
and uneven strips of rock. Midges?
Black flies? Gnats? Whatever the tongue
called them, they sought
our hollows, entered nose and mouth.

—from “These Mountains (II)”

Amanda Shaw

Writer Amanda Shaw has loved language and literature since childhood. She is an accomplished author and educator. Currently, Amanda serves as the book review editor for Lily Poetry Review, where she actively supports emerging authors. 

Her debut collection, It Will Have Been So Beautiful, was published by Lily Poetry Review Books in March 2024.

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  • Will it have been beautiful?

    Will it have been beautiful?

    THOUGHTS ON “LAUNCHING” I opened my email this morning to a notification from UPS: “Hi, Amanda! Your package is arriving today.” I couldn’t remember ordering anything, so I used my […]

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  • Guest Post: Insights from a Poet’s Husband

    Guest Post: Insights from a Poet’s Husband

    BEHIND THE SCENES OF BOOK PROMOTION By Greg Sauter Amanda’S NOTES Apparently, when you have a book out, you need to write about it all the time. This is a […]

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  • Yes it will: meet Ruthie.

    Yes it will: meet Ruthie.

    ON TWEENS, GIRLHOOD, and BARBIE Entering into social media life means that I know more about the Barbie Oscar nomination kerfuffle than I might in another year. I’ve seen Oppenheimer—and […]

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