Aphelion is about distances, simultaneously belonging to two countries but being rooted in neither, sounding out the meaning of home from the perspective of a British-born Canadian. Written in experimental free verse and containing a selection of anti ghazals, Aphelion’s subject matter, physical appearance on the page, and the way it is read aloud all reflect these elemental distances.
Butler writes as an exquisite lover of words and the things of this world. Who has written as newly of the humming edges of things? If ever I have read a new poet, any poet, with greater joy, I can hardly remember.
— Dennis Cooley
Jenna Butler is an exquisite wordsmith whose poetic lines ring with a resounding clarity. Her ear is finely attuned to language, unerring in cadences and rhythms. Her poems sing “the heart’s estranged melody” and never miss a note. Aphelion is an impressive book of poems by a sure-handed poet.
— Glen Sorestad
Named after that orbital point located farthest from the sun, Aphelion offers a brilliant fusion of thematic consistency and the pure presence of discovery. The sonorities within the work function flawlessly as music and pure philosophical exploration. I admire this book greatly and recommend it enthusiastically to everyone who already loves poetry and to those about to fall in love with what a poem can be.
— Sheila E. Murphy