Book Review: What Kind of Woman by Kate Baer

A stunning and honest debut poetry collection about the beauty and hardships in being a mother, a wife, and a woman. 

Book Info

Title: What Kind of Woman
Author: Kate Baer
Published: 2020
Genre: Poetry
Format: eARC
Pages: 112
Source: NetGalley
Date Finished: November 8, 2020
Grade: B+

Review

This is a moving collection. While I can’t quite relate to the poems on motherhood, I can see glimpses of my own mother in them, and they made me reflect on her life as I’ve known it and how I treat her on a daily basis. The poems on womanhood, however, will always be relevant. My favorite was “Robyn Hood” (p. 21), but here are some others that also moved me:

  • “Moon Song” (11)
  • “Plot Lines for Female Leads” (12)
  • “Nothing Tastes as Good as Skinny Feels” (20)
  • “For the Advice Cards at Baby Showers” (64)
    • “For now just remember: birds sing, babies cry, / and no matter the weather, every morning is new.”

As I said, the poems on being a woman in this world touched me the most. Unfortunately, I could relate to pretty much every one. I say “unfortunately” because they were about weight and body image struggles, a woman’s voice, her relationship with (and under) men, and the general struggles that we face every day.

Baer has a strong writing voice, and I hope to see more of her work in the future. This one comes out on November 10, so go grab a copy!

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