find her. keep her.
by Renaada Williams
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Pub Date 27 Sep 2022 | Archive Date 27 Sep 2022
Renaada Williams beckons readers into her deepest thoughts and most intimate experiences as a queer black woman living in America with her latest collection of poetry. Much like her first book, Williams presents themes like sexuality and acceptance through her stunningly arranged words, but this time she dives much deeper. find her. keep her. delivers an amplitude of emotion and rawness; reading her poetry feels as if you’ve stumbled upon her secret journal and are reading words that were never meant to be found.
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This poetry book was one of my favorites. It felt like I opened up Renaada's diary. She put her heart and soul into this book. It made me emotional, it broke my heart and it really made me want to give Renaada a big hug. The main themes of this book are sexuality and acceptance. Her words were beautiful, thoughtful and genuine. Very much enjoyed this poetry book.
"i don't want something else to remind you that i exist" (second thought)
Ranging from one line punches to carefully woven pieces, "find her. keep her." is a masterpiece navigating both the personal and the profound.
I really loved the Records of Self-Discovery section, I think I highlighted portions of every poem in that entire section. The section that I think is easily the strongest is Two Americas. It was absolutely rattling, Williams has an incredibly powerful voice that roared off the page during these poems. The entire Snatch section as well had so much woven into it, pain and pleasure both shouting to be heard from each piece. I also really enjoyed the illustrations scattered throughout!
I honestly can't wait to read more by Renaada Williams, what a powerhouse and strong collection! As a fan of Trista Mateer, Amanda Lovelace, and Rupi Kaur - this touched on so many similar themes but breathed new life into each one.
Thank you to NetGalley and Andrews McMeel for providing me with a copy for an honest review!
"i'm starting to feel like love / is only in fairy tales after all / however / i believe in magic"
Naturally, I read this in one sitting. The prose and presentation were truly beautiful. I've been leaning into loving poetry collections, and find her. keep her. is no exception. Williams delivered so much emotion that I found myself tearing up throughout nearly the whole thing.
I highlighted so many passages; there's no way I'll miss the opportunity to go out and buy a physical copy when it releases!
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