What Kind of Woman

What Kind of Woman

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

“When life throws you a bag of sorrow, hold out your hands/Little by little, mountains are climbed.” So ends Kate Baer’s remarkable poem “Things My Girlfriends Teach Me.” In “Nothing Tastes as Good as Skinny Feels” she challenges her reader to consider their grandmother’s cake, the taste of the sea, the cool swill of freedom. In her poem “Deliverance” about her daughter’s birth she writes “What is the word for when the light leaves the body?/What is the word for when it/at last, returns?”

Through poems that are as unforgettably beautiful as they are accessible, Kate proves herself to truly be an exemplary voice in modern poetry. As easy to post on Instagram as they are to print out and frame, Kate’s words make women feel seen in their own bodies, in their own marriages, and in their own lives. Her poems are those you share with your mother, your daughter, your sister, and your friends.

Title:What Kind of Woman
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780063008427
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    What Kind of Woman Reviews

  • Kate Baer

    It's almost like the author knew EXACTLY what I was thinking (?)...

  • Elyse  Walters

    You think women sit around together and burn bras?The women in this book are good girls, bad girls, single, wives, mothers, dancers, counselors, wicked, sad, lonely, secretive, grieving, happy, fearfu...

  • Michelle

    Wow. I enjoyed this book of poems more and more as I went. I chose this book to review because I wanted to go outside of my comfort zone. I've been saying to myself these past couple of years that I w...

  • Skyler Autumn

    2 Stars Granted I'm not a big poet-head. Which is just now a term I made up to describe poetry readers but this missed the mark for me. There are maybe 4 poems in this collection that are interesting...

  • Bree Hill

    "You can be a mother and a poet. A wife and a lover. You can dance on the graves you dug on Tuesday, pulling out the bones of yourself you began to miss."Once in a while, a book shows up on your doors...

  • Amanda Hupe

    Thank you Harper Perennial for the opportunity to read this collection!It is not often when you come across a collection of poems that just speak to you. What Kind of Woman by Kate Baer is a collectio...

  • Cate

    I feel seen. She put words to things I didn’t think could ever be expressed. “To unclasp the thought of leaving, tie it to the door. To run into the gaping mouth of change and know it’s sufferin...

  • Amy Pretty

    This review is based on an advanced copy I got when I won the Goodreads giveaway. I first discovered Kate’s poetry when a friend tagged me in one of her posts on instagram. I was blown away at the s...

  • Lucy Goodfellow

    ⭐4 Stars⭐This book of poetry describes the soul of a woman, the want, the need and the desire for more that you can have.It provokes a discussion of internalised misogyny, motherhood- its gains an...

  • Brittney

    Old favorite (and very favorite): Deleted Sentences. New favorite: Motherload. Section III is it for me. She just gets it. ...