Bring Down the Chandeliers is an exploration of trauma, body and faith. It is also an inquiry into forgiveness. As such these poems are not just for sexual assault survivors; they are for anyone who has struggled to forgive oneself and/or one’s trespassers. They are for anyone making a life in the midst of aftermath. Tara Hardy is, as Dorothy Allison claims, “The real deal. Passionate, brave, gifted, insightful, dead-on in language and craft.”
"You have a voice that speks to the most hurt angry part of me in the best way possible--a voice that neither denies the complexity of the grief and injury inherent in the broken life nor dwells in that hurt place. These poems take a deep breath and sing of the remade life, the girl who will not destroy herself, the woman who has found a way to stand proud in her own skin. I want to read this book out loud to those I love. I want to give it to the bent-neck, hesitant, wounded young people I meet all the time. I want to say read this an draw your own breaths in response."
- Dorothy Allison, author of Bastard Out of Carolina