Bodies of Water & Women

Poems & Stories

Poetry - General
127 Pages
Reviewed on 09/26/2020
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Reviewed by Tiffany Ferrell for Readers' Favorite

In Bodies Of Water & Women: Poems & Stories, Kira Gresoski tells her story through poetry about the small town she grew up in, raised by many women in a town where their water supply is polluted with toxic waste. We learn about her heartache because of illness and disease that often led to death, as well as love, joy, and relying on the people of her hometown, shaping the person she has become. A woman who doesn’t want to live the life that everyone she knows goes on to live like their parents and grandparents before them. She wants to be independent, breaking free of the cycle her hometown residents find themselves trapped in.

I thought Bodies Of Water & Women was excellent and very powerful to read. I admit while reading the poems I found myself researching Cold Water Creek and the toxic waste that has contaminated the water. It’s not far from where I currently reside so it was very interesting to look into. Each of the poems told a story and in a way opened up another perspective that I hadn’t thought of before. Growing up in a city and not moving to a small area affected by the flood of ‘93 until I was in my 20s, the lifestyle and way of thinking were always kind of confusing to me. While reading Kira Gresoski’s work, I began to imagine the faces of people I know and having a better understanding of being born, raised, and living as an adult in a small country area. I really enjoyed the poems Radio Girl and Style & Fashion For People Who Don’t Leave The House, to name a couple. Overall, I found Gresoski’s work raw with feeling and a beautiful way to tell her story and the story of those from her hometown. I definitely will be recommending this to friends and I cannot wait to read more.