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And Yet

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I am forever a Kate Baer stan!

In her newest collection, Baer dives deeper into the identity and experience of motherhood. While I don't have that experience, nor do I want that experience, I still love Baer's ability to tape into innate womanhood. 

She just has a beautiful and thoughtful way with words and, while I didn't relate to this collection like I did with her previous work, I recognize it's beauty.
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I really enjoyed Kate Baer's latest poetry collection. And Yet serves as a reflection of the ongoing pandemic years and the mental strain that goes along with it. How do we find reasons to keep going amidst a world so full of grief? There is a level of vulnerability in these poems that I appreciated and some of them felt like Baer was finding a way to put my own complicated feelings into words. And Yet reminds us that we are not alone in trying to make our way through life. A few of my favorites were "When Someone Asks If I Ever Think of You", "Filling the Page", "Sad Olympics", and "Fatal Flaw". Baer is definitely a poet to keep an eye out for.
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Kate Baer puts into words the experience of being a middle aged woman and mother in a heterosexual relationship right now, in the American patriarchy through the waning pandemic. Her poems are short and cut right to the essence of a feeling. Two of my favorites are “Year Twelve” and “Glue,” pinning truths about years-long marriage, holding both the challenges and the connectedness. 
This is the book that made me sign up for NetGalley, I saw that a friend had gotten a copy, so I am very happy that Harper Perennial sent this to me, a brand new reviewer.
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I LOVED this collection of poems!! Kate Baer has such a way with words and I will read everything she writes!
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This is a lovely read and I can't wait to buy a copy in November. I am such a fan of Kate's poetry and was very excited to receive an advanced copy of her second collection of poems. In "And Yet", Kate masterfully captures the female experience, provides an insight into the realities of motherhood, and shares her personal challenges. Throughout this collection, Kate's voice is so clearly present, adding a layer of intimacy to each poem. Personally, I connected with and enjoyed the poems in the first half more than the second half, but overall found this to be a very enjoyable and reflective read. 

Thank you Harper Perennial for providing with me an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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"Everyone mortals differently."

I am a major Kate Baer stan, and her latest book of poetry is a triumph, an awakening, a knowing. The poems leave you feeling all at once understood and awe-struck. The collection is thought-provoking and wise, digging in to your deepest parts and settling there with authenticity.

My personal favorites were "Personal Detention," and "Halfway There."

A big thanks to Harper Perennial and NetGalley for the advance reading copy in exchange for my honest, unbiased review.
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Kate Baer never misses

Her poems are so incredibly on point and relevant and strike straight to my feminist, tired mother heart.
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Breathtaking capture of our mother brains in a pandemic and beyond. I love seeing Baer’s evolution (having read her 2 previous books). Her words capture images of our children growing before our eyes and contrast the slow reminders of our inevitable deaths. These poems grip you from the start and refuse to let you go even after setting the book down. Her exploration of navigating womanhood and wholeness and what that even means. I truly can’t get enough. Bravo!
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Bauer does it again. Another poetry book that had me thinking about her words for days following. The way Bauer can go from lifting you up and empowering you in one poem, to ripping your gut out with her honest portrayal of the reality of the world in the next- is astounding. I appreciate all of her writing- and the impact it has on me. 

If you haven’t read her past work, I recommend it, and this is another one you should for sure add to your list. 

Thank you to Harper Perennial and NetGalley for the Advanced Review Copy that was provided for my review.
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Each poem in this collection was unique, yet it felt like they were all connected in some way. They melded well together and really dug into the slices of life that each poem was about. The emotions dissected in each poem felt real, even if I did have to occasionally stop and really think about what Baer was trying to say with each poem. I cannot speak to the poems about motherhood other than to say that I enjoyed them, given that I am not a mother, but I found the other topics and poems to be relatable. These poems were beautifully written and I plan to check out more of Baer’s work in the future.
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I was never much into poetry. Then, last year I was lent a copy of I Hope This Finds You Well by Kate Baer and knew I needed to read more of her work. After a short wait on the library's hold list, I devoured What Kind of Woman, and of course started following Baer on Instagram. I was thrilled to hear of And Yet's imminent publication.
Reading her poems is like having a conversation with a friend. Fears, dreams, longings, all encompassed in this book of poems. The poems dealing with the fear and panic of the Covid 19 pandemic hit especially hard - she elegantly summed up what so many of us were feeling. You can bet I'll be giving copies of And Yet as Christmas gifts this year.
While I received an ARC of And Yet for free, this had no bearing on my rating and review. Thank you to NetGalley and Harper!
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Such a lovely collection of poems by Kate Baer. I'm a fan of Baer's writing, and read her previous poem collection, "What Kind of Woman", so I was very excited to get an early copy of "And Yet"!

The poems in this collection have themes of motherhood, friendship, society, and focus on the experiences of a woman in today's world. Many of them were relatable and expressed thoughts that I've definitely had. Others I didn't understand or relate to, but I appreciated the different and new perspectives.

Thank you so much to the publisher for providing me with a digital review copy of "And Yet". I definitely recommend this book to any fans of modern poetry.
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Kate Baer can do no wrong. Love her poems, love her themes. Amazing poetry for the modern age. I received a free ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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I really enjoyed Baer's first book, What Kind of Woman, but struggled to connect with this book. Most of the poems felt unfinished - interesting starts without a finish. I did enjoy Sweet Spot,  40, and January, but the rest felt one-dimensional. I would recommend Baer for women who don't normally read poetry, as she is accessible and relatable, but would probably steer them to her first book.
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Kate Baer writes poems that feel intimate, and like little peeks into life. Overall, this is a sweet, cohesive set of poetry that touches on motherhood, grief, marriage, and life in general. I love when poetry books are short and leave you wanting more like this one did. 

Thanks to Netgalley and Harper Perennial for the e-ARC!
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My favorite collection from Baer yet. These pieces are highly accessible for new poetry readers, but without sacrificing lyricism or thematic strength. The poems specific to our identities—wife, mother, queer person—are particularly salient for those who relate. Baer takes common experiences and then both weaves and unwinds them. I’m left feeling like a mirror was held up to me, and that I was held through the process of seeing myself with more clarity.
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And Yet is an incredibly empathetic and moving collection of poetry. I've not read Baer's other works, but will definitely be checking them out after this. She has such a way with words, and masterfully discusses womanhood and her experience with it. As I'm not cis I don't experience womanhood in a traditional way, but this was so incredibly relatable and stunning that even when something was slightly out of my grasp it still felt like a gut-punch.
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AND YET is an incredible book of poetry. Kate Baer has done it yet again. These poems center around motherhood, love, vulnerability, loss, current events (including COVID), and humanity. The language that Baer uses is absolutely beautiful and conveys her valuable messages in a way that is readable and understandable without spoon-feeding them to the reader. It seems that any person who picks up this book could connect to at least one poem. For example, I did not connect to the poems about motherhood because I am not a mother, but the poems about vulnerability, loss, current events, and nearly everything else tugged at my heart. My favorite poems included: 'Not a Diet Diet', 'The Garden of Eden: Updated Jacket Copy for the Modern World,' 'Halfway There,' and 'For My Children,' just to name a few. Thank you to Kate Baer for a beautiful, soul-filling collection of poetry.

Thank you to NetGalley and Harper Perennial for the eARC copy in exchange for an honest review!
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Well she’s done it again! Reading through this collection of poems felt like a sigh of relief. Kate Baer has a way of piercing through the most challenging and triumphant parts of being a woman (mother, daughter, friend) in the world today and capturing them in poems that are smart, complex, and accessible. 

I genuinely enjoyed every single one but standouts to me include Writing Poems High/On Twitter, For My Children, Butterfly Effect, Mix Up, and my favorite 💘Halfway There 💘

Thank you x a million to Netgalley and Harper Perennial and Paperback for the ARC. I can’t wait to buy this one and reread it regularly like I do with What Kind of Woman and I Hope This Finds You Well. And Yet is out 11/8/22.
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Kate Baer knows how to speak to my soul, my female, mother-of-boys soul. I really try to savor her books, but end up gobbling them up faster than intended. She captures a slice of life that I relate to so well on paper, at times it feels like she's reached inside my heart and ripped out the words I haven't been able to put into something that makes any sense. I treasure that. Some of my favorites from And Yet include Late Summer in a Global Pandemic, Peter Pan's Advice, and Bliss.
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