Here is a review: Firemark (2018) takes readers through the journey of pain and shame to acceptance. From “I” to “She,” we see Jessica Maggie Brophy move from inside her skin to outside and back again. At times, Brophy joins us in the act of gazing. Other times, we are witnesses to the naming of the mark that places her outside. A magnificent wordsmith, Brophy crafts dialogue and images that sit with the reader and at times haunt. This is the work for any who have felt the need to cover up, to bend in an almost breaking way, before embracing their uniqueness.
–Jer Bryant, Poet, Essayist, Educator