“....So many of the poems we heard tonight felt a little like our own stories, like we saw and were seen, and how crazy would it be if I did that for someone else?”
After attending her first poetry slam, fifteen year-old Xiomara realizes that the worlds of words that fill her mind and her journals do have a place, and a powerful mission she will no longer doubt. Her story is young and hopeful, as youth is meant to be!
Additionally, listening to The Poet X as an audio-book (find it at our partner for site, Libro.Fm), read by the National Slam champion author herself, was the crowning delight of this powerful debut that burns passionately with love of language and self-expression.
Summer 2020 Reading Group Indie Next List
“This book is a great coming-of-age story for any teenage girl. A collection of poems make it a quick and thoughtful read. Xiomara is a Dominican girl living in the city, getting used to her changing body and attention from her lab partner, and wrestling with ideas of right and wrong. Her ideas of right and wrong are completely different from her highly religious mother’s. Her poems are her freedom, but how can you be free when home makes you feel trapped?”
— Lulu Roush, Waucoma Bookstore, Hood River, OR