i learned of aja monet thru my sistar
and if you know val you know she is a force
so anyone she rocks with is worthy of the support
her vibe was genuine from jump
but it was when she mentioned her book,
my mother was a freedom fighter,
that i became ecstatic.
i had to read it.
aja offered a galley and i jumped on it
not only because i was excited to have exclusivity
but because getting my hands on her book,
before the public did was a big deal.
see when author's write
they pour their life into their work
so they're sensitive about their shit.
an advance reader's copy of any book is hard to come by.
when i opened the pages
i stepped right into aja's world.
the craziest thing was that it was all so vivid
as if i've been there before
i was reading her words
but the images were right in front of me
with poems like
'ghost of women once girls'
where she survives all
'if speaking is belonging'
where, if i can't speak it, it aint worth writing
every time i thought i had a favorite
i read the next poem and instantly
it outshines the previous
like a never ending cycle
i reread them over and over
poems like 'give my regards to brooklyn'
where aja says
'i owe my life to the woman
who stopped my mother
on the b56
on her way
to the abortion clinic
and told her
you have a poet coming.'
left me utterly speechless.
the beauty in her words
because since i don't know sis personally
my mind is racing
like damn, was this really life?
this is so beautiful.
even thru the pain
look at whats blossomed.
aja is a flower.
today is her pub day so please do her a solid and support this beautiful compilation of poems. i can honestly say, amongst all of the modern day poetry that i've read, i've never read anything like aja monet's work. it truly has changed my life. you can click the image above of the book cover to order her book on amazon. i can guarantee, like with most books i read and reflect on, you won't be disappointed. this book left me yearning for more.
happy pub day aja.
happy reading bookworms.