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Hardcover, 49 pages
Published February 22nd 1979 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (first published 1979)
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Valerie
Ai makes me feel like I am losing my mind whenever I read her. Her persona poems are absolutely the best. They are so realistic and varied, it feels like past lives may be a real thing.

I read her other book Cruelty, and I liked it slightly better but everything I've read by her has been fantastic.

Most of the poems take place in the past, and in a lot of different locations. There is a lot of violence in them. The violence is very realistic. I had to put the book down a couple times. These poems
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Anna
Jan 14, 2012 Anna rated it 4 of 5 stars
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Fierce, dark, imaginative, frightening, kinetic poems. The poet is not afraid of intensity. I read this in an edition that included Ai's book, "Cruelty."
Madeline
I like the ideas behind this collection more than I liked the poems themselves.
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If loving the poetry of Ai is wrong, I don't want to be right.
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Ai is a poet who has been said to be a mixture of Japanese, Choctaw-Chickasaw, Black, Irish, Southern Cheyenne, and Comanche. Her birth name was Florence Anthony but she changed her name to "Ai" which means love in Japanese.

Her poems have dark themes to them and contain violence, rape, and other subjects that aren't considered appropriate. She often writes from the antagonist point of view and has
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