I have read Girl Poems many times. It is a great collection of poetry by Nakada Wilson and guests – Alyssa Matuchniak, Josslyn Rae Turner, Andriana Xenophontoes, Erin Van Handel, Geremij, Lira, Ashley Mock, Alisha Kendall, Ally Mare, A.D and Ed Luna.
I can not help but think of the Lana Del Rey song This is What Makes us Girls as I read these poems of drink, drugs, love, self-harm, school, confidence and beauty.
The first nineteen poems are written by Nakada Wilson. These are edgy and ironic, although can almost be blended into one. These poems have lines about vodka, inhaling weed, with ‘body tight, morals loose’ shades of lipstick and a honeysuckle scent. I think for me the stand out poems are Nokia Talk about a relationship with an older man “ SMS wasn’t an option –
Parent pays phone bill”
And Sullen Secrets As a school day ends, students rush out from the building and one girl compliments another “I like your skirt she whispers
As the fabric raises slightly high
It reveals sad undertones,
Thin laceration lines
She’s not fooling anyone”
Of the remaining poems Erin Van Handel has a total of three. Each of these poems has their own merits.
The Girl in the Mirror by Josslyn Rae Turner and Breaking Mirrors by Alisha Kendall are poems about fragile self-esteem.
Written from the heart, Girl Poems is a book that shows the vulnerabilities that come with being female, as well as our strengths.
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