Poetry Book: The Cicada and the Firefly, a Study of Love and Insects

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Bethany Moore, poet and activist. Photo courtesy: Cannabis Camera

Bethany Moore, Resident Ladybud Poet, has self-published a new collection of poetry called The Cicada and the Firefly, a Study of Love and Insects. The book is a story about a brilliant and creative man named Benjamin Johnson who weaved in and out of her life for more than 16 years until his life ended unexpectedly and tragically. In early 2016, he was hit by a car while crossing the street.

Of Benjamin, Moore says, “He was a complex man who wrestled with great demons while having the ear of angels. Our love was similarly complicated, and spread across many years and dimensions. These poems and prose are an intimate insight through the eyes of my heart into the soulmate relationship we shared.”


She has been writing poetry and practicing Paganism since before the age of twelve, and enjoys the study of healing, alchemy, and ritual work. Moore is also an activist who has published in various online journals and print magazines. She is also a singer and lyricist, and has recorded and performed with two bands, Dead Violets and Burntsystems. She produced an album with Burntsystems in 2013 called Witchrock.
In thcicadafireflybooke early 2000s, she participated in spoken-word poetry circles in Washington, D.C., and works in multimedia and communications projects for important causes. Some of her work history includes recording audio with native speakers for the National Foreign Language Center at the University of Maryland, serving as campaign project manager at Americans United for Separation of Church and State, as well as communications management for National Cannabis Industry Association (NCIA).

Poems & Articles by Bethany Moore published by Ladybud

Lady Business feature on Bethany Moore

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