Are you “playing nicely with normal”? Kiana Donae is. Although this book contains some lovely phrases like “…where it can be free inside the spaces of mind—where love and ink combine” and some strong repetitious phrases, the poetry collection is normal. It contains some stirring erotic and emotional content that most any woman can relate to. It’s an easy read with constant rhyming to guide you through the book.
It can hardly be given the name of poetry as the writer has no particular skill or talent for the artform (aside from rhyming, which is not mandatory for writing poetry). The subjects of this book are very grave, including sexual assault and the following depression. It is a self-reflective book about the writer’s own life. Something that may have been done for the pride of finishing a poetry collection. She may be a writer, but she is not a poet. I found this very difficult to get through and cannot recommend it to anyone.