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it was amazing 5.00  ·  Rating details ·  9 ratings  ·  7 reviews
heather liz wrote her debut collection of poetry, radical., on accident. A culmination of events: leaving a high-demand religion, being in law school and realizing it really wasn't too different from the religion she just left, and having orgasms for the first time as an adult caused her to realize what we have done to women. This collection captures her first observations ...more
Paperback, 173 pages
Published May 19th 2020 by Purple Finch Press
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May 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
"Some life
More than I expected.
I can't quite identify
The rest of me."

When my friend asked me to read and review her debut collection of poetry, I didn't think twice. I knew her to be brilliant and thoughtful, both creative and analytical. And I knew that that would all come through in her pieces.

What I didn't fully expect was my personal connection to her words. I didn't expect to have to take the book in chunks. I didn't expect to need time to process the way she was expressing so man
Kelly G
May 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
It has been awhile since I have been smitten by a book of poetry but Radical really captured my interest. While all the pieces were fabulous, there were several that I felt spoke directly to my soul. The way Heather Liz weaves her words is breathtaking and leaves you wanting to read more.
Fred Eaton
Jul 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Where would I even begin?

This book knocked me on my ASS.

In a VERY good way.

I am an exmormon, cisgendered male, atheist, husband, father, and if possible a feminist. I was given a copy by the author. But I will be buying copies for others.

This book dissects, desecrates, analyzes, critiques, kills, and reinvents Him. The moniker used for the traditional male deity of the western world, the personification of the patriarchy that reigns over our current society, the partners we hold in our lives
Jul 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
It has taken me days to come up with the right words to express how much I value this book; how it took me to the darkest corners of my experience as a woman and the internal screams that shook me to my core. Heather Liz has a voice that more than deserves to be heard. She is the voice of so many women that have been scared to speak up, scared of their own rage at having to fight and claw their way to equality and claim their rightful place in a world that has catered to men for centuries. As a ...more
Katherine Wyrick
Jun 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
While I am a lover of poetry and write poems of my own, I rarely pick up a book of written poetry. I was given the chance to read “radical.” and I have to say that I am very glad I did. I personally know Heather Liz and I was present in the beginning of her journey. Picturing the moments that I spent with my mother, piano teacher and Heather in a coffee shop discussing our own womanly struggles in regards to the oppressive behavior of our church and comparing them to the poems I just finished re ...more
Arminda Lindsay
Aug 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020, poetry

While written individually, this collection of poems reads like eating a snack-size bag of potato chips: one chip at a time, slightly different shapes, equally salty and finger-licking good.

These are poems on a theme of Woman’s Self Reclamation: one gut-wrenching truth at a time, slightly different scenarios, equally illuminating and read-out-loud-to-let-it-all-sink-in good.

Heather gifted me a copy of this book and it is my absolute pleasure to read, review, re-read and gift this book.
Jun 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020, poetry
A deeply uncomfortable read, "Radical" explores one woman's experience stepping outside of her patriarchal religion--only to discover the patriarchy of the broader world. The rage of entrapment ties the book together thematically and iterates throughout the progression of the three sections of the book: Waking Up, Telling Truth, and Breaking Free.

These poems probe the myriad ways patriarchy inserts itself into every layer of womanhood. Word after word, Heather Liz lays bare the devastating impa
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