cultivating ink

Poetry - General
49 Pages
Reviewed on 11/04/2017
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Author Biography

Kiana Donae is a true lover of the written word. She is a poet, author, and freelance blogger in a niche-hobby industry who lives in Michigan. Known for her free-verse lyrical poetry which has been called: "powerful", "bold", and "authentic". She is the self-published author of 4 poetry books: love & ink- reason, love & ink- reflections, cultivating ink, and when the muse speaks. Featuring poems that depict the world & the times in which we live with an observant clarity of the human experience - whether peaceful or traumatic.

Donae also hosted the podcast, Noteworthy Poetry, giving a platform to all poets because she believes we are all worthy to have our words read & heard. Find her sporadically sharing her work on Instagram & TikTok: @kiana_donae

Her favorite dessert is a bowl of ice cream and she is always searching for the ultimate pen for lefthanders.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Robin Goodfellow for Readers' Favorite

Cultivating Ink by Kiana Donae is a book of poetry about the different styles, subjects, and tones that were written during National Poetry and Writing Month. From love to life to the mixing of other poems, this collection endeavors to explore the many ways that writers express themselves. Each poem is organized into different days, with a different prompt written above each one. Donae’s collection reads almost like a diary, carefully recording the poet’s thoughts, emotions, perhaps even their secrets.

With each unique day and prompt, each poem portrays a simplistic, yet innocent picture of the poet’s mind. For instance, one poem remarks how the poet’s lover had hung up many stars in the sky, so much so they lost count. Another was a poem that read like a reflection, one that invited the reader to join the poet, just as they would anyone else. Personally, I enjoyed this collection. It was a bit different from others, and reminded me of a journal. The collection also represents a sort of encouragement to other aspiring poets and writers, carefully dancing between beautiful words and realistic depictions that allow others to see just how wonderful literature can really be. There were a few phrases that did need work, but overall, I liked the collection as a whole. As such, I would recommend this book to all poets, as well as those looking to celebrate National Poetry and Writing Month.