Nothing Is Okay

Nothing Is Okay

Nothing is Okay is the second full-length poetry collection by Rachel Wiley, whose work simultaneously deconstructs the lies that we were taught about our bodies and our beings, and builds new ways of viewing ourselves. As she delves into queerness, feminism, fatness, dating, and race, Wiley molds these topics into a punching critique of culture and a celebration of self. Nothing is Okay is the second full-length poetry collection by Rachel Wiley, whose work simultaneously deconstructs the li...

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Title:Nothing Is Okay
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Nothing Is Okay Reviews

  • Dana
    May 16, 2018

    Rachel, by turns, makes me think, cry, laugh, rage... all the feels. I was lucky enough to see her do a reading of her work here in Minneapolis recently, and I have never been more enthralled at anything. She is brilliant and simultaneously reverent AND irreverant. I adore her and her ...

    These poems were amazing. So incredibly raw and I honestly didn't know what to expect. I saw a few videos of Rachel Wiley on Facebook and just couldn't put off buying the book any longer. Her words are emotional and I could relate them on more than one occasion. I love her spirit and h...

    Great stuff. Thought-provoking, with fantastic choice of words. ...

    I knew this book was going to be amazing before I bought it. What I didn't realize was what level of amazing it was going to be. I was scrolling through Facebook Friday morning and someone had shared a reading of Dry Cake Wishes and Tap Water Dreams. I watched it. Four lines in, I w...

    I loved this book!! Some poems made me laugh out loud & others made me want to cry. What more can you ask for from a poetry collection? ...

    Great collection! While I think she is better when you can actually hear her read (true of most modern poets, especially those who write in free verse,) these jumped off the page nicely when read and are brutal and in your face in all the best ways. Some humor, although biting, is mixe...

    A friend of mine sent me this book, and while I had already loved Rachel Wiley's Button Poetry videos, I hadn't yet actually read her stuff. And OH MY GOD bury me with this because she has absolutely murdered me. There is so much of her poetry that I feel down to my soul and she pulls ...

    I'm not sure how this is my first time reading Rachel Wiley's work, but at least I've finally found it. New poet obsession. This woman. So many poems in this collection feel like she could have plucked the inspiration from my own life. It's so strange the similarities. I read t...

    Rachel Wiley's voice is direct, topical, and highly interested in the various ways we construe gender, romance, bodies, sexuality, etc. Wiley is witty and often veers into laugh-out-loud funny, but she also has an easy pace that deceptively simple in its artistry. Emotionally rich des...

    4/5 stars Some of these poems were really difficult to read, just because of how much I identified with the way Wiley wrote about queerness and being fat. Wiley is definitely a poet I'm going to look out for just based on her openness about being fat, something I still think is quit...

    I fucks with Rachel Wiley. She's a sav. Not to mention, all these poems I relate to immensely. She just goes so hard you feel it. Coming from the intersections of a fat, black feminist - all these poems hit me in the feels. What I like about Rachel Wiley is not only is she brilliant wr...

    Sharp poems written with a burlesque and fierce flow...I loved each and every page! One particular poem grabbed my heart with great strength yet another brought tears of empathy...another brought laughter...this is such a unique read! R. WILEY well-done! ...

    Amazing! I loved this collection so much! RTC. ...

    I can honestly say this was the best of its kind and will hold this one close to my heart ...

    I found many of these poems relatable. And even those I didn?t relate to personally were engaging and dynamic and had me wanting more. A very good collection. ...

    This is amazing! So honest and moving and just AMAZING! ...

    A perfect follow-up to "Fat Girl Finishing School"! This collection of poems carries forward Rachel's excellent reflections on systemic oppression through innovative poetic expression. Her voice rings through midwestern cityscapes, schoolyards, family gatherings, and an apartment o...

    This poetry is beautiful and painful and perfect. How dare Rachel Wiley know me like this. ...

  • Katja
    Aug 20, 2018

    Rachel, by turns, makes me think, cry, laugh, rage... all the feels. I was lucky enough to see her do a reading of her work here in Minneapolis recently, and I have never been more enthralled at anything. She is brilliant and simultaneously reverent AND irreverant. I adore her and her ...

    These poems were amazing. So incredibly raw and I honestly didn't know what to expect. I saw a few videos of Rachel Wiley on Facebook and just couldn't put off buying the book any longer. Her words are emotional and I could relate them on more than one occasion. I love her spirit and h...

    Great stuff. Thought-provoking, with fantastic choice of words. ...

    I knew this book was going to be amazing before I bought it. What I didn't realize was what level of amazing it was going to be. I was scrolling through Facebook Friday morning and someone had shared a reading of Dry Cake Wishes and Tap Water Dreams. I watched it. Four lines in, I w...

    I loved this book!! Some poems made me laugh out loud & others made me want to cry. What more can you ask for from a poetry collection? ...

    Great collection! While I think she is better when you can actually hear her read (true of most modern poets, especially those who write in free verse,) these jumped off the page nicely when read and are brutal and in your face in all the best ways. Some humor, although biting, is mixe...

    A friend of mine sent me this book, and while I had already loved Rachel Wiley's Button Poetry videos, I hadn't yet actually read her stuff. And OH MY GOD bury me with this because she has absolutely murdered me. There is so much of her poetry that I feel down to my soul and she pulls ...

    I'm not sure how this is my first time reading Rachel Wiley's work, but at least I've finally found it. New poet obsession. This woman. So many poems in this collection feel like she could have plucked the inspiration from my own life. It's so strange the similarities. I read t...

    Rachel Wiley's voice is direct, topical, and highly interested in the various ways we construe gender, romance, bodies, sexuality, etc. Wiley is witty and often veers into laugh-out-loud funny, but she also has an easy pace that deceptively simple in its artistry. Emotionally rich des...

    4/5 stars Some of these poems were really difficult to read, just because of how much I identified with the way Wiley wrote about queerness and being fat. Wiley is definitely a poet I'm going to look out for just based on her openness about being fat, something I still think is quit...

    I fucks with Rachel Wiley. She's a sav. Not to mention, all these poems I relate to immensely. She just goes so hard you feel it. Coming from the intersections of a fat, black feminist - all these poems hit me in the feels. What I like about Rachel Wiley is not only is she brilliant wr...

    Sharp poems written with a burlesque and fierce flow...I loved each and every page! One particular poem grabbed my heart with great strength yet another brought tears of empathy...another brought laughter...this is such a unique read! R. WILEY well-done! ...

    Amazing! I loved this collection so much! RTC. ...

    I can honestly say this was the best of its kind and will hold this one close to my heart ...

    I found many of these poems relatable. And even those I didn?t relate to personally were engaging and dynamic and had me wanting more. A very good collection. ...

    This is amazing! So honest and moving and just AMAZING! ...

    A perfect follow-up to "Fat Girl Finishing School"! This collection of poems carries forward Rachel's excellent reflections on systemic oppression through innovative poetic expression. Her voice rings through midwestern cityscapes, schoolyards, family gatherings, and an apartment o...

    This poetry is beautiful and painful and perfect. How dare Rachel Wiley know me like this. ...

    I happened to read this on my exes 27th birthday. If you?ve read ?Dry Cake Wishes and Tap Water Dreams? maybe you?ll understand why this feels like irony, why it feels like kismet, why it feels like salvation. As a lonely, mixed, depressed fat girl myself, this is probably ...

    Trigger Warnings: eating disorders, body shaming and rape. Rachel Wiley has been one of my favourite poets ever since I first saw her performance of Ten Honest Thoughts On Being Loved By A Skinny Boy on the Button Poetry Youtube Channel. I just simply adore the ?no-BS? manner s...

    I first heard about Rachel, when my flat mate tagged me in a video of a slam poetry event of her reciting Fat Joke. Straight away, I knew I needed more. I bought this book. And then didn't get to read it until now. And my, what a beauty it is. No, it is not actually 'pretty' poetry. ...

    I had listened to some of the Wiley's poems on the Button Poetry youtube channel - because that's what I do in my spare time/when I want inspiration, listen to poems - and I always loved her voice. So flash forward to me in my local bookstore buying this book on sight and devouring it ...

    ?There will be days you struggle with knowing where you belong for feeling like you belong everywhere and nowhere at all. There will be years when you feel bruised like worlds collided. So, when they ask (and they always ask) what you are tell them you are made up of whole w...

    When I say "finished" its not really true b/c I keep going back and re-reading parts and leaving it open on my kindle. This book is everything I didn't know I needed right now. Each poem was a gift. I don't really know how to describe the joy I had reading this book; I'm not usually a ...

    Same old bland kind of vaguely feminist poetry with the same message of loving your body and fighting off loneliness and dealing with trauma. While these are completely valid themes, they do not hold my attention enough to read yet another book about them. I would class this collection...

    Sometimes when I read poetry I feel like collecting clippings from the work, assembling them in an artful contract, and offering my new masterpiece to any future partner with a ?get that this is me or get out? contingency. This collection would have contributed several clippings. ...

    A new favorite modern poet Ever since I happened by one of Rachel?s videos reciting her poem The Fat Joke, I?ve been in awe of her. She the unapologetic and sharp-witted feminist, body-positive writer I needed at 14 years old, but I?m glad I have her at 27. ...

    ? 3.5 Remember that this chest grasp this violent sigh this exodus is temporary nothing more than a spasm ... __ Hallelujah to the still-thumping heart. Sing it to the rafters. Glory Glory glory glory ...

    I read the first 20 poems or so. I just feel like they spoke to my demographic - I?m in my mid-40s and married; the poems I did read were mostly about being single and alone (and, although not stated, my impression was in one?s 20s) ...

  • C. Varn
    Jun 18, 2018

    Rachel, by turns, makes me think, cry, laugh, rage... all the feels. I was lucky enough to see her do a reading of her work here in Minneapolis recently, and I have never been more enthralled at anything. She is brilliant and simultaneously reverent AND irreverant. I adore her and her ...

    These poems were amazing. So incredibly raw and I honestly didn't know what to expect. I saw a few videos of Rachel Wiley on Facebook and just couldn't put off buying the book any longer. Her words are emotional and I could relate them on more than one occasion. I love her spirit and h...

    Great stuff. Thought-provoking, with fantastic choice of words. ...

    I knew this book was going to be amazing before I bought it. What I didn't realize was what level of amazing it was going to be. I was scrolling through Facebook Friday morning and someone had shared a reading of Dry Cake Wishes and Tap Water Dreams. I watched it. Four lines in, I w...

    I loved this book!! Some poems made me laugh out loud & others made me want to cry. What more can you ask for from a poetry collection? ...

    Great collection! While I think she is better when you can actually hear her read (true of most modern poets, especially those who write in free verse,) these jumped off the page nicely when read and are brutal and in your face in all the best ways. Some humor, although biting, is mixe...

    A friend of mine sent me this book, and while I had already loved Rachel Wiley's Button Poetry videos, I hadn't yet actually read her stuff. And OH MY GOD bury me with this because she has absolutely murdered me. There is so much of her poetry that I feel down to my soul and she pulls ...

    I'm not sure how this is my first time reading Rachel Wiley's work, but at least I've finally found it. New poet obsession. This woman. So many poems in this collection feel like she could have plucked the inspiration from my own life. It's so strange the similarities. I read t...

    Rachel Wiley's voice is direct, topical, and highly interested in the various ways we construe gender, romance, bodies, sexuality, etc. Wiley is witty and often veers into laugh-out-loud funny, but she also has an easy pace that deceptively simple in its artistry. Emotionally rich des...

  • Allison Hogue
    May 20, 2018

    Rachel, by turns, makes me think, cry, laugh, rage... all the feels. I was lucky enough to see her do a reading of her work here in Minneapolis recently, and I have never been more enthralled at anything. She is brilliant and simultaneously reverent AND irreverant. I adore her and her ...

    These poems were amazing. So incredibly raw and I honestly didn't know what to expect. I saw a few videos of Rachel Wiley on Facebook and just couldn't put off buying the book any longer. Her words are emotional and I could relate them on more than one occasion. I love her spirit and h...

    Great stuff. Thought-provoking, with fantastic choice of words. ...

    I knew this book was going to be amazing before I bought it. What I didn't realize was what level of amazing it was going to be. I was scrolling through Facebook Friday morning and someone had shared a reading of Dry Cake Wishes and Tap Water Dreams. I watched it. Four lines in, I w...

    I loved this book!! Some poems made me laugh out loud & others made me want to cry. What more can you ask for from a poetry collection? ...

    Great collection! While I think she is better when you can actually hear her read (true of most modern poets, especially those who write in free verse,) these jumped off the page nicely when read and are brutal and in your face in all the best ways. Some humor, although biting, is mixe...

    A friend of mine sent me this book, and while I had already loved Rachel Wiley's Button Poetry videos, I hadn't yet actually read her stuff. And OH MY GOD bury me with this because she has absolutely murdered me. There is so much of her poetry that I feel down to my soul and she pulls ...

    I'm not sure how this is my first time reading Rachel Wiley's work, but at least I've finally found it. New poet obsession. This woman. So many poems in this collection feel like she could have plucked the inspiration from my own life. It's so strange the similarities. I read t...

    Rachel Wiley's voice is direct, topical, and highly interested in the various ways we construe gender, romance, bodies, sexuality, etc. Wiley is witty and often veers into laugh-out-loud funny, but she also has an easy pace that deceptively simple in its artistry. Emotionally rich des...

    4/5 stars Some of these poems were really difficult to read, just because of how much I identified with the way Wiley wrote about queerness and being fat. Wiley is definitely a poet I'm going to look out for just based on her openness about being fat, something I still think is quit...

    I fucks with Rachel Wiley. She's a sav. Not to mention, all these poems I relate to immensely. She just goes so hard you feel it. Coming from the intersections of a fat, black feminist - all these poems hit me in the feels. What I like about Rachel Wiley is not only is she brilliant wr...

    Sharp poems written with a burlesque and fierce flow...I loved each and every page! One particular poem grabbed my heart with great strength yet another brought tears of empathy...another brought laughter...this is such a unique read! R. WILEY well-done! ...

    Amazing! I loved this collection so much! RTC. ...

    I can honestly say this was the best of its kind and will hold this one close to my heart ...

    I found many of these poems relatable. And even those I didn?t relate to personally were engaging and dynamic and had me wanting more. A very good collection. ...

  • Haley
    Apr 30, 2018

    Rachel, by turns, makes me think, cry, laugh, rage... all the feels. I was lucky enough to see her do a reading of her work here in Minneapolis recently, and I have never been more enthralled at anything. She is brilliant and simultaneously reverent AND irreverant. I adore her and her ...

    These poems were amazing. So incredibly raw and I honestly didn't know what to expect. I saw a few videos of Rachel Wiley on Facebook and just couldn't put off buying the book any longer. Her words are emotional and I could relate them on more than one occasion. I love her spirit and h...

    Great stuff. Thought-provoking, with fantastic choice of words. ...

    I knew this book was going to be amazing before I bought it. What I didn't realize was what level of amazing it was going to be. I was scrolling through Facebook Friday morning and someone had shared a reading of Dry Cake Wishes and Tap Water Dreams. I watched it. Four lines in, I w...

    I loved this book!! Some poems made me laugh out loud & others made me want to cry. What more can you ask for from a poetry collection? ...

    Great collection! While I think she is better when you can actually hear her read (true of most modern poets, especially those who write in free verse,) these jumped off the page nicely when read and are brutal and in your face in all the best ways. Some humor, although biting, is mixe...

    A friend of mine sent me this book, and while I had already loved Rachel Wiley's Button Poetry videos, I hadn't yet actually read her stuff. And OH MY GOD bury me with this because she has absolutely murdered me. There is so much of her poetry that I feel down to my soul and she pulls ...

  • Heather
    Sep 04, 2018

    Rachel, by turns, makes me think, cry, laugh, rage... all the feels. I was lucky enough to see her do a reading of her work here in Minneapolis recently, and I have never been more enthralled at anything. She is brilliant and simultaneously reverent AND irreverant. I adore her and her ...

  • Tarryn
    May 19, 2018

    Rachel, by turns, makes me think, cry, laugh, rage... all the feels. I was lucky enough to see her do a reading of her work here in Minneapolis recently, and I have never been more enthralled at anything. She is brilliant and simultaneously reverent AND irreverant. I adore her and her ...

    These poems were amazing. So incredibly raw and I honestly didn't know what to expect. I saw a few videos of Rachel Wiley on Facebook and just couldn't put off buying the book any longer. Her words are emotional and I could relate them on more than one occasion. I love her spirit and h...

    Great stuff. Thought-provoking, with fantastic choice of words. ...

    I knew this book was going to be amazing before I bought it. What I didn't realize was what level of amazing it was going to be. I was scrolling through Facebook Friday morning and someone had shared a reading of Dry Cake Wishes and Tap Water Dreams. I watched it. Four lines in, I w...

    I loved this book!! Some poems made me laugh out loud & others made me want to cry. What more can you ask for from a poetry collection? ...

    Great collection! While I think she is better when you can actually hear her read (true of most modern poets, especially those who write in free verse,) these jumped off the page nicely when read and are brutal and in your face in all the best ways. Some humor, although biting, is mixe...

    A friend of mine sent me this book, and while I had already loved Rachel Wiley's Button Poetry videos, I hadn't yet actually read her stuff. And OH MY GOD bury me with this because she has absolutely murdered me. There is so much of her poetry that I feel down to my soul and she pulls ...

    I'm not sure how this is my first time reading Rachel Wiley's work, but at least I've finally found it. New poet obsession. This woman. So many poems in this collection feel like she could have plucked the inspiration from my own life. It's so strange the similarities. I read t...

    Rachel Wiley's voice is direct, topical, and highly interested in the various ways we construe gender, romance, bodies, sexuality, etc. Wiley is witty and often veers into laugh-out-loud funny, but she also has an easy pace that deceptively simple in its artistry. Emotionally rich des...

    4/5 stars Some of these poems were really difficult to read, just because of how much I identified with the way Wiley wrote about queerness and being fat. Wiley is definitely a poet I'm going to look out for just based on her openness about being fat, something I still think is quit...

    I fucks with Rachel Wiley. She's a sav. Not to mention, all these poems I relate to immensely. She just goes so hard you feel it. Coming from the intersections of a fat, black feminist - all these poems hit me in the feels. What I like about Rachel Wiley is not only is she brilliant wr...

    Sharp poems written with a burlesque and fierce flow...I loved each and every page! One particular poem grabbed my heart with great strength yet another brought tears of empathy...another brought laughter...this is such a unique read! R. WILEY well-done! ...

    Amazing! I loved this collection so much! RTC. ...

    I can honestly say this was the best of its kind and will hold this one close to my heart ...

    I found many of these poems relatable. And even those I didn?t relate to personally were engaging and dynamic and had me wanting more. A very good collection. ...

    This is amazing! So honest and moving and just AMAZING! ...

    A perfect follow-up to "Fat Girl Finishing School"! This collection of poems carries forward Rachel's excellent reflections on systemic oppression through innovative poetic expression. Her voice rings through midwestern cityscapes, schoolyards, family gatherings, and an apartment o...

    This poetry is beautiful and painful and perfect. How dare Rachel Wiley know me like this. ...

    I happened to read this on my exes 27th birthday. If you?ve read ?Dry Cake Wishes and Tap Water Dreams? maybe you?ll understand why this feels like irony, why it feels like kismet, why it feels like salvation. As a lonely, mixed, depressed fat girl myself, this is probably ...

  • Andrea Dillon
    Apr 24, 2018

    Rachel, by turns, makes me think, cry, laugh, rage... all the feels. I was lucky enough to see her do a reading of her work here in Minneapolis recently, and I have never been more enthralled at anything. She is brilliant and simultaneously reverent AND irreverant. I adore her and her ...

    These poems were amazing. So incredibly raw and I honestly didn't know what to expect. I saw a few videos of Rachel Wiley on Facebook and just couldn't put off buying the book any longer. Her words are emotional and I could relate them on more than one occasion. I love her spirit and h...

    Great stuff. Thought-provoking, with fantastic choice of words. ...

    I knew this book was going to be amazing before I bought it. What I didn't realize was what level of amazing it was going to be. I was scrolling through Facebook Friday morning and someone had shared a reading of Dry Cake Wishes and Tap Water Dreams. I watched it. Four lines in, I w...

    I loved this book!! Some poems made me laugh out loud & others made me want to cry. What more can you ask for from a poetry collection? ...

    Great collection! While I think she is better when you can actually hear her read (true of most modern poets, especially those who write in free verse,) these jumped off the page nicely when read and are brutal and in your face in all the best ways. Some humor, although biting, is mixe...

    A friend of mine sent me this book, and while I had already loved Rachel Wiley's Button Poetry videos, I hadn't yet actually read her stuff. And OH MY GOD bury me with this because she has absolutely murdered me. There is so much of her poetry that I feel down to my soul and she pulls ...

    I'm not sure how this is my first time reading Rachel Wiley's work, but at least I've finally found it. New poet obsession. This woman. So many poems in this collection feel like she could have plucked the inspiration from my own life. It's so strange the similarities. I read t...

    Rachel Wiley's voice is direct, topical, and highly interested in the various ways we construe gender, romance, bodies, sexuality, etc. Wiley is witty and often veers into laugh-out-loud funny, but she also has an easy pace that deceptively simple in its artistry. Emotionally rich des...

    4/5 stars Some of these poems were really difficult to read, just because of how much I identified with the way Wiley wrote about queerness and being fat. Wiley is definitely a poet I'm going to look out for just based on her openness about being fat, something I still think is quit...

    I fucks with Rachel Wiley. She's a sav. Not to mention, all these poems I relate to immensely. She just goes so hard you feel it. Coming from the intersections of a fat, black feminist - all these poems hit me in the feels. What I like about Rachel Wiley is not only is she brilliant wr...

    Sharp poems written with a burlesque and fierce flow...I loved each and every page! One particular poem grabbed my heart with great strength yet another brought tears of empathy...another brought laughter...this is such a unique read! R. WILEY well-done! ...

    Amazing! I loved this collection so much! RTC. ...

    I can honestly say this was the best of its kind and will hold this one close to my heart ...

    I found many of these poems relatable. And even those I didn?t relate to personally were engaging and dynamic and had me wanting more. A very good collection. ...

    This is amazing! So honest and moving and just AMAZING! ...

  • Kelsea
    May 30, 2018

    Rachel, by turns, makes me think, cry, laugh, rage... all the feels. I was lucky enough to see her do a reading of her work here in Minneapolis recently, and I have never been more enthralled at anything. She is brilliant and simultaneously reverent AND irreverant. I adore her and her ...

    These poems were amazing. So incredibly raw and I honestly didn't know what to expect. I saw a few videos of Rachel Wiley on Facebook and just couldn't put off buying the book any longer. Her words are emotional and I could relate them on more than one occasion. I love her spirit and h...

    Great stuff. Thought-provoking, with fantastic choice of words. ...

    I knew this book was going to be amazing before I bought it. What I didn't realize was what level of amazing it was going to be. I was scrolling through Facebook Friday morning and someone had shared a reading of Dry Cake Wishes and Tap Water Dreams. I watched it. Four lines in, I w...

    I loved this book!! Some poems made me laugh out loud & others made me want to cry. What more can you ask for from a poetry collection? ...

    Great collection! While I think she is better when you can actually hear her read (true of most modern poets, especially those who write in free verse,) these jumped off the page nicely when read and are brutal and in your face in all the best ways. Some humor, although biting, is mixe...

    A friend of mine sent me this book, and while I had already loved Rachel Wiley's Button Poetry videos, I hadn't yet actually read her stuff. And OH MY GOD bury me with this because she has absolutely murdered me. There is so much of her poetry that I feel down to my soul and she pulls ...

    I'm not sure how this is my first time reading Rachel Wiley's work, but at least I've finally found it. New poet obsession. This woman. So many poems in this collection feel like she could have plucked the inspiration from my own life. It's so strange the similarities. I read t...

    Rachel Wiley's voice is direct, topical, and highly interested in the various ways we construe gender, romance, bodies, sexuality, etc. Wiley is witty and often veers into laugh-out-loud funny, but she also has an easy pace that deceptively simple in its artistry. Emotionally rich des...

    4/5 stars Some of these poems were really difficult to read, just because of how much I identified with the way Wiley wrote about queerness and being fat. Wiley is definitely a poet I'm going to look out for just based on her openness about being fat, something I still think is quit...

    I fucks with Rachel Wiley. She's a sav. Not to mention, all these poems I relate to immensely. She just goes so hard you feel it. Coming from the intersections of a fat, black feminist - all these poems hit me in the feels. What I like about Rachel Wiley is not only is she brilliant wr...

    Sharp poems written with a burlesque and fierce flow...I loved each and every page! One particular poem grabbed my heart with great strength yet another brought tears of empathy...another brought laughter...this is such a unique read! R. WILEY well-done! ...

    Amazing! I loved this collection so much! RTC. ...

    I can honestly say this was the best of its kind and will hold this one close to my heart ...

    I found many of these poems relatable. And even those I didn?t relate to personally were engaging and dynamic and had me wanting more. A very good collection. ...

    This is amazing! So honest and moving and just AMAZING! ...

    A perfect follow-up to "Fat Girl Finishing School"! This collection of poems carries forward Rachel's excellent reflections on systemic oppression through innovative poetic expression. Her voice rings through midwestern cityscapes, schoolyards, family gatherings, and an apartment o...

    This poetry is beautiful and painful and perfect. How dare Rachel Wiley know me like this. ...

    I happened to read this on my exes 27th birthday. If you?ve read ?Dry Cake Wishes and Tap Water Dreams? maybe you?ll understand why this feels like irony, why it feels like kismet, why it feels like salvation. As a lonely, mixed, depressed fat girl myself, this is probably ...

    Trigger Warnings: eating disorders, body shaming and rape. Rachel Wiley has been one of my favourite poets ever since I first saw her performance of Ten Honest Thoughts On Being Loved By A Skinny Boy on the Button Poetry Youtube Channel. I just simply adore the ?no-BS? manner s...

    I first heard about Rachel, when my flat mate tagged me in a video of a slam poetry event of her reciting Fat Joke. Straight away, I knew I needed more. I bought this book. And then didn't get to read it until now. And my, what a beauty it is. No, it is not actually 'pretty' poetry. ...

    I had listened to some of the Wiley's poems on the Button Poetry youtube channel - because that's what I do in my spare time/when I want inspiration, listen to poems - and I always loved her voice. So flash forward to me in my local bookstore buying this book on sight and devouring it ...

    ?There will be days you struggle with knowing where you belong for feeling like you belong everywhere and nowhere at all. There will be years when you feel bruised like worlds collided. So, when they ask (and they always ask) what you are tell them you are made up of whole w...

    When I say "finished" its not really true b/c I keep going back and re-reading parts and leaving it open on my kindle. This book is everything I didn't know I needed right now. Each poem was a gift. I don't really know how to describe the joy I had reading this book; I'm not usually a ...

    Same old bland kind of vaguely feminist poetry with the same message of loving your body and fighting off loneliness and dealing with trauma. While these are completely valid themes, they do not hold my attention enough to read yet another book about them. I would class this collection...

    Sometimes when I read poetry I feel like collecting clippings from the work, assembling them in an artful contract, and offering my new masterpiece to any future partner with a ?get that this is me or get out? contingency. This collection would have contributed several clippings. ...

    A new favorite modern poet Ever since I happened by one of Rachel?s videos reciting her poem The Fat Joke, I?ve been in awe of her. She the unapologetic and sharp-witted feminist, body-positive writer I needed at 14 years old, but I?m glad I have her at 27. ...

  • Bianca
    Sep 27, 2018

    Rachel, by turns, makes me think, cry, laugh, rage... all the feels. I was lucky enough to see her do a reading of her work here in Minneapolis recently, and I have never been more enthralled at anything. She is brilliant and simultaneously reverent AND irreverant. I adore her and her ...

    These poems were amazing. So incredibly raw and I honestly didn't know what to expect. I saw a few videos of Rachel Wiley on Facebook and just couldn't put off buying the book any longer. Her words are emotional and I could relate them on more than one occasion. I love her spirit and h...

    Great stuff. Thought-provoking, with fantastic choice of words. ...

    I knew this book was going to be amazing before I bought it. What I didn't realize was what level of amazing it was going to be. I was scrolling through Facebook Friday morning and someone had shared a reading of Dry Cake Wishes and Tap Water Dreams. I watched it. Four lines in, I w...

    I loved this book!! Some poems made me laugh out loud & others made me want to cry. What more can you ask for from a poetry collection? ...

    Great collection! While I think she is better when you can actually hear her read (true of most modern poets, especially those who write in free verse,) these jumped off the page nicely when read and are brutal and in your face in all the best ways. Some humor, although biting, is mixe...

    A friend of mine sent me this book, and while I had already loved Rachel Wiley's Button Poetry videos, I hadn't yet actually read her stuff. And OH MY GOD bury me with this because she has absolutely murdered me. There is so much of her poetry that I feel down to my soul and she pulls ...

    I'm not sure how this is my first time reading Rachel Wiley's work, but at least I've finally found it. New poet obsession. This woman. So many poems in this collection feel like she could have plucked the inspiration from my own life. It's so strange the similarities. I read t...

    Rachel Wiley's voice is direct, topical, and highly interested in the various ways we construe gender, romance, bodies, sexuality, etc. Wiley is witty and often veers into laugh-out-loud funny, but she also has an easy pace that deceptively simple in its artistry. Emotionally rich des...

    4/5 stars Some of these poems were really difficult to read, just because of how much I identified with the way Wiley wrote about queerness and being fat. Wiley is definitely a poet I'm going to look out for just based on her openness about being fat, something I still think is quit...

    I fucks with Rachel Wiley. She's a sav. Not to mention, all these poems I relate to immensely. She just goes so hard you feel it. Coming from the intersections of a fat, black feminist - all these poems hit me in the feels. What I like about Rachel Wiley is not only is she brilliant wr...

    Sharp poems written with a burlesque and fierce flow...I loved each and every page! One particular poem grabbed my heart with great strength yet another brought tears of empathy...another brought laughter...this is such a unique read! R. WILEY well-done! ...

    Amazing! I loved this collection so much! RTC. ...

    I can honestly say this was the best of its kind and will hold this one close to my heart ...

    I found many of these poems relatable. And even those I didn?t relate to personally were engaging and dynamic and had me wanting more. A very good collection. ...

    This is amazing! So honest and moving and just AMAZING! ...

    A perfect follow-up to "Fat Girl Finishing School"! This collection of poems carries forward Rachel's excellent reflections on systemic oppression through innovative poetic expression. Her voice rings through midwestern cityscapes, schoolyards, family gatherings, and an apartment o...

    This poetry is beautiful and painful and perfect. How dare Rachel Wiley know me like this. ...

    I happened to read this on my exes 27th birthday. If you?ve read ?Dry Cake Wishes and Tap Water Dreams? maybe you?ll understand why this feels like irony, why it feels like kismet, why it feels like salvation. As a lonely, mixed, depressed fat girl myself, this is probably ...

    Trigger Warnings: eating disorders, body shaming and rape. Rachel Wiley has been one of my favourite poets ever since I first saw her performance of Ten Honest Thoughts On Being Loved By A Skinny Boy on the Button Poetry Youtube Channel. I just simply adore the ?no-BS? manner s...

    I first heard about Rachel, when my flat mate tagged me in a video of a slam poetry event of her reciting Fat Joke. Straight away, I knew I needed more. I bought this book. And then didn't get to read it until now. And my, what a beauty it is. No, it is not actually 'pretty' poetry. ...

    I had listened to some of the Wiley's poems on the Button Poetry youtube channel - because that's what I do in my spare time/when I want inspiration, listen to poems - and I always loved her voice. So flash forward to me in my local bookstore buying this book on sight and devouring it ...

    ?There will be days you struggle with knowing where you belong for feeling like you belong everywhere and nowhere at all. There will be years when you feel bruised like worlds collided. So, when they ask (and they always ask) what you are tell them you are made up of whole w...

  • Liz
    May 19, 2018

    Rachel, by turns, makes me think, cry, laugh, rage... all the feels. I was lucky enough to see her do a reading of her work here in Minneapolis recently, and I have never been more enthralled at anything. She is brilliant and simultaneously reverent AND irreverant. I adore her and her ...

    These poems were amazing. So incredibly raw and I honestly didn't know what to expect. I saw a few videos of Rachel Wiley on Facebook and just couldn't put off buying the book any longer. Her words are emotional and I could relate them on more than one occasion. I love her spirit and h...

    Great stuff. Thought-provoking, with fantastic choice of words. ...

    I knew this book was going to be amazing before I bought it. What I didn't realize was what level of amazing it was going to be. I was scrolling through Facebook Friday morning and someone had shared a reading of Dry Cake Wishes and Tap Water Dreams. I watched it. Four lines in, I w...

    I loved this book!! Some poems made me laugh out loud & others made me want to cry. What more can you ask for from a poetry collection? ...

    Great collection! While I think she is better when you can actually hear her read (true of most modern poets, especially those who write in free verse,) these jumped off the page nicely when read and are brutal and in your face in all the best ways. Some humor, although biting, is mixe...

    A friend of mine sent me this book, and while I had already loved Rachel Wiley's Button Poetry videos, I hadn't yet actually read her stuff. And OH MY GOD bury me with this because she has absolutely murdered me. There is so much of her poetry that I feel down to my soul and she pulls ...

    I'm not sure how this is my first time reading Rachel Wiley's work, but at least I've finally found it. New poet obsession. This woman. So many poems in this collection feel like she could have plucked the inspiration from my own life. It's so strange the similarities. I read t...

    Rachel Wiley's voice is direct, topical, and highly interested in the various ways we construe gender, romance, bodies, sexuality, etc. Wiley is witty and often veers into laugh-out-loud funny, but she also has an easy pace that deceptively simple in its artistry. Emotionally rich des...

    4/5 stars Some of these poems were really difficult to read, just because of how much I identified with the way Wiley wrote about queerness and being fat. Wiley is definitely a poet I'm going to look out for just based on her openness about being fat, something I still think is quit...

    I fucks with Rachel Wiley. She's a sav. Not to mention, all these poems I relate to immensely. She just goes so hard you feel it. Coming from the intersections of a fat, black feminist - all these poems hit me in the feels. What I like about Rachel Wiley is not only is she brilliant wr...

    Sharp poems written with a burlesque and fierce flow...I loved each and every page! One particular poem grabbed my heart with great strength yet another brought tears of empathy...another brought laughter...this is such a unique read! R. WILEY well-done! ...

    Amazing! I loved this collection so much! RTC. ...

    I can honestly say this was the best of its kind and will hold this one close to my heart ...

    I found many of these poems relatable. And even those I didn?t relate to personally were engaging and dynamic and had me wanting more. A very good collection. ...

    This is amazing! So honest and moving and just AMAZING! ...

    A perfect follow-up to "Fat Girl Finishing School"! This collection of poems carries forward Rachel's excellent reflections on systemic oppression through innovative poetic expression. Her voice rings through midwestern cityscapes, schoolyards, family gatherings, and an apartment o...

  • Juliana
    Sep 13, 2018

    Rachel, by turns, makes me think, cry, laugh, rage... all the feels. I was lucky enough to see her do a reading of her work here in Minneapolis recently, and I have never been more enthralled at anything. She is brilliant and simultaneously reverent AND irreverant. I adore her and her ...

    These poems were amazing. So incredibly raw and I honestly didn't know what to expect. I saw a few videos of Rachel Wiley on Facebook and just couldn't put off buying the book any longer. Her words are emotional and I could relate them on more than one occasion. I love her spirit and h...

    Great stuff. Thought-provoking, with fantastic choice of words. ...

    I knew this book was going to be amazing before I bought it. What I didn't realize was what level of amazing it was going to be. I was scrolling through Facebook Friday morning and someone had shared a reading of Dry Cake Wishes and Tap Water Dreams. I watched it. Four lines in, I w...

    I loved this book!! Some poems made me laugh out loud & others made me want to cry. What more can you ask for from a poetry collection? ...

    Great collection! While I think she is better when you can actually hear her read (true of most modern poets, especially those who write in free verse,) these jumped off the page nicely when read and are brutal and in your face in all the best ways. Some humor, although biting, is mixe...

    A friend of mine sent me this book, and while I had already loved Rachel Wiley's Button Poetry videos, I hadn't yet actually read her stuff. And OH MY GOD bury me with this because she has absolutely murdered me. There is so much of her poetry that I feel down to my soul and she pulls ...

    I'm not sure how this is my first time reading Rachel Wiley's work, but at least I've finally found it. New poet obsession. This woman. So many poems in this collection feel like she could have plucked the inspiration from my own life. It's so strange the similarities. I read t...

    Rachel Wiley's voice is direct, topical, and highly interested in the various ways we construe gender, romance, bodies, sexuality, etc. Wiley is witty and often veers into laugh-out-loud funny, but she also has an easy pace that deceptively simple in its artistry. Emotionally rich des...

    4/5 stars Some of these poems were really difficult to read, just because of how much I identified with the way Wiley wrote about queerness and being fat. Wiley is definitely a poet I'm going to look out for just based on her openness about being fat, something I still think is quit...

    I fucks with Rachel Wiley. She's a sav. Not to mention, all these poems I relate to immensely. She just goes so hard you feel it. Coming from the intersections of a fat, black feminist - all these poems hit me in the feels. What I like about Rachel Wiley is not only is she brilliant wr...

    Sharp poems written with a burlesque and fierce flow...I loved each and every page! One particular poem grabbed my heart with great strength yet another brought tears of empathy...another brought laughter...this is such a unique read! R. WILEY well-done! ...

    Amazing! I loved this collection so much! RTC. ...

    I can honestly say this was the best of its kind and will hold this one close to my heart ...

    I found many of these poems relatable. And even those I didn?t relate to personally were engaging and dynamic and had me wanting more. A very good collection. ...

    This is amazing! So honest and moving and just AMAZING! ...

    A perfect follow-up to "Fat Girl Finishing School"! This collection of poems carries forward Rachel's excellent reflections on systemic oppression through innovative poetic expression. Her voice rings through midwestern cityscapes, schoolyards, family gatherings, and an apartment o...

    This poetry is beautiful and painful and perfect. How dare Rachel Wiley know me like this. ...

    I happened to read this on my exes 27th birthday. If you?ve read ?Dry Cake Wishes and Tap Water Dreams? maybe you?ll understand why this feels like irony, why it feels like kismet, why it feels like salvation. As a lonely, mixed, depressed fat girl myself, this is probably ...

    Trigger Warnings: eating disorders, body shaming and rape. Rachel Wiley has been one of my favourite poets ever since I first saw her performance of Ten Honest Thoughts On Being Loved By A Skinny Boy on the Button Poetry Youtube Channel. I just simply adore the ?no-BS? manner s...

    I first heard about Rachel, when my flat mate tagged me in a video of a slam poetry event of her reciting Fat Joke. Straight away, I knew I needed more. I bought this book. And then didn't get to read it until now. And my, what a beauty it is. No, it is not actually 'pretty' poetry. ...

    I had listened to some of the Wiley's poems on the Button Poetry youtube channel - because that's what I do in my spare time/when I want inspiration, listen to poems - and I always loved her voice. So flash forward to me in my local bookstore buying this book on sight and devouring it ...

    ?There will be days you struggle with knowing where you belong for feeling like you belong everywhere and nowhere at all. There will be years when you feel bruised like worlds collided. So, when they ask (and they always ask) what you are tell them you are made up of whole w...

    When I say "finished" its not really true b/c I keep going back and re-reading parts and leaving it open on my kindle. This book is everything I didn't know I needed right now. Each poem was a gift. I don't really know how to describe the joy I had reading this book; I'm not usually a ...

    Same old bland kind of vaguely feminist poetry with the same message of loving your body and fighting off loneliness and dealing with trauma. While these are completely valid themes, they do not hold my attention enough to read yet another book about them. I would class this collection...

  • Leigh
    Aug 04, 2018

    Rachel, by turns, makes me think, cry, laugh, rage... all the feels. I was lucky enough to see her do a reading of her work here in Minneapolis recently, and I have never been more enthralled at anything. She is brilliant and simultaneously reverent AND irreverant. I adore her and her ...

    These poems were amazing. So incredibly raw and I honestly didn't know what to expect. I saw a few videos of Rachel Wiley on Facebook and just couldn't put off buying the book any longer. Her words are emotional and I could relate them on more than one occasion. I love her spirit and h...

    Great stuff. Thought-provoking, with fantastic choice of words. ...

    I knew this book was going to be amazing before I bought it. What I didn't realize was what level of amazing it was going to be. I was scrolling through Facebook Friday morning and someone had shared a reading of Dry Cake Wishes and Tap Water Dreams. I watched it. Four lines in, I w...

    I loved this book!! Some poems made me laugh out loud & others made me want to cry. What more can you ask for from a poetry collection? ...

    Great collection! While I think she is better when you can actually hear her read (true of most modern poets, especially those who write in free verse,) these jumped off the page nicely when read and are brutal and in your face in all the best ways. Some humor, although biting, is mixe...

    A friend of mine sent me this book, and while I had already loved Rachel Wiley's Button Poetry videos, I hadn't yet actually read her stuff. And OH MY GOD bury me with this because she has absolutely murdered me. There is so much of her poetry that I feel down to my soul and she pulls ...

    I'm not sure how this is my first time reading Rachel Wiley's work, but at least I've finally found it. New poet obsession. This woman. So many poems in this collection feel like she could have plucked the inspiration from my own life. It's so strange the similarities. I read t...

  • Connie
    Aug 07, 2018

    Rachel, by turns, makes me think, cry, laugh, rage... all the feels. I was lucky enough to see her do a reading of her work here in Minneapolis recently, and I have never been more enthralled at anything. She is brilliant and simultaneously reverent AND irreverant. I adore her and her ...

    These poems were amazing. So incredibly raw and I honestly didn't know what to expect. I saw a few videos of Rachel Wiley on Facebook and just couldn't put off buying the book any longer. Her words are emotional and I could relate them on more than one occasion. I love her spirit and h...

    Great stuff. Thought-provoking, with fantastic choice of words. ...

    I knew this book was going to be amazing before I bought it. What I didn't realize was what level of amazing it was going to be. I was scrolling through Facebook Friday morning and someone had shared a reading of Dry Cake Wishes and Tap Water Dreams. I watched it. Four lines in, I w...

    I loved this book!! Some poems made me laugh out loud & others made me want to cry. What more can you ask for from a poetry collection? ...

    Great collection! While I think she is better when you can actually hear her read (true of most modern poets, especially those who write in free verse,) these jumped off the page nicely when read and are brutal and in your face in all the best ways. Some humor, although biting, is mixe...

    A friend of mine sent me this book, and while I had already loved Rachel Wiley's Button Poetry videos, I hadn't yet actually read her stuff. And OH MY GOD bury me with this because she has absolutely murdered me. There is so much of her poetry that I feel down to my soul and she pulls ...

    I'm not sure how this is my first time reading Rachel Wiley's work, but at least I've finally found it. New poet obsession. This woman. So many poems in this collection feel like she could have plucked the inspiration from my own life. It's so strange the similarities. I read t...

    Rachel Wiley's voice is direct, topical, and highly interested in the various ways we construe gender, romance, bodies, sexuality, etc. Wiley is witty and often veers into laugh-out-loud funny, but she also has an easy pace that deceptively simple in its artistry. Emotionally rich des...

    4/5 stars Some of these poems were really difficult to read, just because of how much I identified with the way Wiley wrote about queerness and being fat. Wiley is definitely a poet I'm going to look out for just based on her openness about being fat, something I still think is quit...

  • Lizy
    Apr 09, 2018

    Rachel, by turns, makes me think, cry, laugh, rage... all the feels. I was lucky enough to see her do a reading of her work here in Minneapolis recently, and I have never been more enthralled at anything. She is brilliant and simultaneously reverent AND irreverant. I adore her and her ...

    These poems were amazing. So incredibly raw and I honestly didn't know what to expect. I saw a few videos of Rachel Wiley on Facebook and just couldn't put off buying the book any longer. Her words are emotional and I could relate them on more than one occasion. I love her spirit and h...

    Great stuff. Thought-provoking, with fantastic choice of words. ...

    I knew this book was going to be amazing before I bought it. What I didn't realize was what level of amazing it was going to be. I was scrolling through Facebook Friday morning and someone had shared a reading of Dry Cake Wishes and Tap Water Dreams. I watched it. Four lines in, I w...

  • Lara
    Oct 16, 2018

    Rachel, by turns, makes me think, cry, laugh, rage... all the feels. I was lucky enough to see her do a reading of her work here in Minneapolis recently, and I have never been more enthralled at anything. She is brilliant and simultaneously reverent AND irreverant. I adore her and her ...

    These poems were amazing. So incredibly raw and I honestly didn't know what to expect. I saw a few videos of Rachel Wiley on Facebook and just couldn't put off buying the book any longer. Her words are emotional and I could relate them on more than one occasion. I love her spirit and h...

    Great stuff. Thought-provoking, with fantastic choice of words. ...

    I knew this book was going to be amazing before I bought it. What I didn't realize was what level of amazing it was going to be. I was scrolling through Facebook Friday morning and someone had shared a reading of Dry Cake Wishes and Tap Water Dreams. I watched it. Four lines in, I w...

    I loved this book!! Some poems made me laugh out loud & others made me want to cry. What more can you ask for from a poetry collection? ...

    Great collection! While I think she is better when you can actually hear her read (true of most modern poets, especially those who write in free verse,) these jumped off the page nicely when read and are brutal and in your face in all the best ways. Some humor, although biting, is mixe...

    A friend of mine sent me this book, and while I had already loved Rachel Wiley's Button Poetry videos, I hadn't yet actually read her stuff. And OH MY GOD bury me with this because she has absolutely murdered me. There is so much of her poetry that I feel down to my soul and she pulls ...

    I'm not sure how this is my first time reading Rachel Wiley's work, but at least I've finally found it. New poet obsession. This woman. So many poems in this collection feel like she could have plucked the inspiration from my own life. It's so strange the similarities. I read t...

    Rachel Wiley's voice is direct, topical, and highly interested in the various ways we construe gender, romance, bodies, sexuality, etc. Wiley is witty and often veers into laugh-out-loud funny, but she also has an easy pace that deceptively simple in its artistry. Emotionally rich des...

    4/5 stars Some of these poems were really difficult to read, just because of how much I identified with the way Wiley wrote about queerness and being fat. Wiley is definitely a poet I'm going to look out for just based on her openness about being fat, something I still think is quit...

    I fucks with Rachel Wiley. She's a sav. Not to mention, all these poems I relate to immensely. She just goes so hard you feel it. Coming from the intersections of a fat, black feminist - all these poems hit me in the feels. What I like about Rachel Wiley is not only is she brilliant wr...

    Sharp poems written with a burlesque and fierce flow...I loved each and every page! One particular poem grabbed my heart with great strength yet another brought tears of empathy...another brought laughter...this is such a unique read! R. WILEY well-done! ...

    Amazing! I loved this collection so much! RTC. ...

    I can honestly say this was the best of its kind and will hold this one close to my heart ...

    I found many of these poems relatable. And even those I didn?t relate to personally were engaging and dynamic and had me wanting more. A very good collection. ...

    This is amazing! So honest and moving and just AMAZING! ...

    A perfect follow-up to "Fat Girl Finishing School"! This collection of poems carries forward Rachel's excellent reflections on systemic oppression through innovative poetic expression. Her voice rings through midwestern cityscapes, schoolyards, family gatherings, and an apartment o...

    This poetry is beautiful and painful and perfect. How dare Rachel Wiley know me like this. ...

    I happened to read this on my exes 27th birthday. If you?ve read ?Dry Cake Wishes and Tap Water Dreams? maybe you?ll understand why this feels like irony, why it feels like kismet, why it feels like salvation. As a lonely, mixed, depressed fat girl myself, this is probably ...

    Trigger Warnings: eating disorders, body shaming and rape. Rachel Wiley has been one of my favourite poets ever since I first saw her performance of Ten Honest Thoughts On Being Loved By A Skinny Boy on the Button Poetry Youtube Channel. I just simply adore the ?no-BS? manner s...

    I first heard about Rachel, when my flat mate tagged me in a video of a slam poetry event of her reciting Fat Joke. Straight away, I knew I needed more. I bought this book. And then didn't get to read it until now. And my, what a beauty it is. No, it is not actually 'pretty' poetry. ...

    I had listened to some of the Wiley's poems on the Button Poetry youtube channel - because that's what I do in my spare time/when I want inspiration, listen to poems - and I always loved her voice. So flash forward to me in my local bookstore buying this book on sight and devouring it ...

    ?There will be days you struggle with knowing where you belong for feeling like you belong everywhere and nowhere at all. There will be years when you feel bruised like worlds collided. So, when they ask (and they always ask) what you are tell them you are made up of whole w...

    When I say "finished" its not really true b/c I keep going back and re-reading parts and leaving it open on my kindle. This book is everything I didn't know I needed right now. Each poem was a gift. I don't really know how to describe the joy I had reading this book; I'm not usually a ...

    Same old bland kind of vaguely feminist poetry with the same message of loving your body and fighting off loneliness and dealing with trauma. While these are completely valid themes, they do not hold my attention enough to read yet another book about them. I would class this collection...

    Sometimes when I read poetry I feel like collecting clippings from the work, assembling them in an artful contract, and offering my new masterpiece to any future partner with a ?get that this is me or get out? contingency. This collection would have contributed several clippings. ...

    A new favorite modern poet Ever since I happened by one of Rachel?s videos reciting her poem The Fat Joke, I?ve been in awe of her. She the unapologetic and sharp-witted feminist, body-positive writer I needed at 14 years old, but I?m glad I have her at 27. ...

    ? 3.5 Remember that this chest grasp this violent sigh this exodus is temporary nothing more than a spasm ... __ Hallelujah to the still-thumping heart. Sing it to the rafters. Glory Glory glory glory ...

  • Izzy Lorjuste
    Aug 30, 2018

    Rachel, by turns, makes me think, cry, laugh, rage... all the feels. I was lucky enough to see her do a reading of her work here in Minneapolis recently, and I have never been more enthralled at anything. She is brilliant and simultaneously reverent AND irreverant. I adore her and her ...

    These poems were amazing. So incredibly raw and I honestly didn't know what to expect. I saw a few videos of Rachel Wiley on Facebook and just couldn't put off buying the book any longer. Her words are emotional and I could relate them on more than one occasion. I love her spirit and h...

    Great stuff. Thought-provoking, with fantastic choice of words. ...

    I knew this book was going to be amazing before I bought it. What I didn't realize was what level of amazing it was going to be. I was scrolling through Facebook Friday morning and someone had shared a reading of Dry Cake Wishes and Tap Water Dreams. I watched it. Four lines in, I w...

    I loved this book!! Some poems made me laugh out loud & others made me want to cry. What more can you ask for from a poetry collection? ...

    Great collection! While I think she is better when you can actually hear her read (true of most modern poets, especially those who write in free verse,) these jumped off the page nicely when read and are brutal and in your face in all the best ways. Some humor, although biting, is mixe...

    A friend of mine sent me this book, and while I had already loved Rachel Wiley's Button Poetry videos, I hadn't yet actually read her stuff. And OH MY GOD bury me with this because she has absolutely murdered me. There is so much of her poetry that I feel down to my soul and she pulls ...

    I'm not sure how this is my first time reading Rachel Wiley's work, but at least I've finally found it. New poet obsession. This woman. So many poems in this collection feel like she could have plucked the inspiration from my own life. It's so strange the similarities. I read t...

    Rachel Wiley's voice is direct, topical, and highly interested in the various ways we construe gender, romance, bodies, sexuality, etc. Wiley is witty and often veers into laugh-out-loud funny, but she also has an easy pace that deceptively simple in its artistry. Emotionally rich des...

    4/5 stars Some of these poems were really difficult to read, just because of how much I identified with the way Wiley wrote about queerness and being fat. Wiley is definitely a poet I'm going to look out for just based on her openness about being fat, something I still think is quit...

    I fucks with Rachel Wiley. She's a sav. Not to mention, all these poems I relate to immensely. She just goes so hard you feel it. Coming from the intersections of a fat, black feminist - all these poems hit me in the feels. What I like about Rachel Wiley is not only is she brilliant wr...

    Sharp poems written with a burlesque and fierce flow...I loved each and every page! One particular poem grabbed my heart with great strength yet another brought tears of empathy...another brought laughter...this is such a unique read! R. WILEY well-done! ...

    Amazing! I loved this collection so much! RTC. ...

    I can honestly say this was the best of its kind and will hold this one close to my heart ...

    I found many of these poems relatable. And even those I didn?t relate to personally were engaging and dynamic and had me wanting more. A very good collection. ...

    This is amazing! So honest and moving and just AMAZING! ...

    A perfect follow-up to "Fat Girl Finishing School"! This collection of poems carries forward Rachel's excellent reflections on systemic oppression through innovative poetic expression. Her voice rings through midwestern cityscapes, schoolyards, family gatherings, and an apartment o...

    This poetry is beautiful and painful and perfect. How dare Rachel Wiley know me like this. ...

    I happened to read this on my exes 27th birthday. If you?ve read ?Dry Cake Wishes and Tap Water Dreams? maybe you?ll understand why this feels like irony, why it feels like kismet, why it feels like salvation. As a lonely, mixed, depressed fat girl myself, this is probably ...

    Trigger Warnings: eating disorders, body shaming and rape. Rachel Wiley has been one of my favourite poets ever since I first saw her performance of Ten Honest Thoughts On Being Loved By A Skinny Boy on the Button Poetry Youtube Channel. I just simply adore the ?no-BS? manner s...

    I first heard about Rachel, when my flat mate tagged me in a video of a slam poetry event of her reciting Fat Joke. Straight away, I knew I needed more. I bought this book. And then didn't get to read it until now. And my, what a beauty it is. No, it is not actually 'pretty' poetry. ...

    I had listened to some of the Wiley's poems on the Button Poetry youtube channel - because that's what I do in my spare time/when I want inspiration, listen to poems - and I always loved her voice. So flash forward to me in my local bookstore buying this book on sight and devouring it ...

  • Priscilla
    Aug 17, 2018

    Rachel, by turns, makes me think, cry, laugh, rage... all the feels. I was lucky enough to see her do a reading of her work here in Minneapolis recently, and I have never been more enthralled at anything. She is brilliant and simultaneously reverent AND irreverant. I adore her and her ...

    These poems were amazing. So incredibly raw and I honestly didn't know what to expect. I saw a few videos of Rachel Wiley on Facebook and just couldn't put off buying the book any longer. Her words are emotional and I could relate them on more than one occasion. I love her spirit and h...

    Great stuff. Thought-provoking, with fantastic choice of words. ...

  • chantel nouseforaname
    Aug 26, 2018

    Rachel, by turns, makes me think, cry, laugh, rage... all the feels. I was lucky enough to see her do a reading of her work here in Minneapolis recently, and I have never been more enthralled at anything. She is brilliant and simultaneously reverent AND irreverant. I adore her and her ...

    These poems were amazing. So incredibly raw and I honestly didn't know what to expect. I saw a few videos of Rachel Wiley on Facebook and just couldn't put off buying the book any longer. Her words are emotional and I could relate them on more than one occasion. I love her spirit and h...

    Great stuff. Thought-provoking, with fantastic choice of words. ...

    I knew this book was going to be amazing before I bought it. What I didn't realize was what level of amazing it was going to be. I was scrolling through Facebook Friday morning and someone had shared a reading of Dry Cake Wishes and Tap Water Dreams. I watched it. Four lines in, I w...

    I loved this book!! Some poems made me laugh out loud & others made me want to cry. What more can you ask for from a poetry collection? ...

    Great collection! While I think she is better when you can actually hear her read (true of most modern poets, especially those who write in free verse,) these jumped off the page nicely when read and are brutal and in your face in all the best ways. Some humor, although biting, is mixe...

    A friend of mine sent me this book, and while I had already loved Rachel Wiley's Button Poetry videos, I hadn't yet actually read her stuff. And OH MY GOD bury me with this because she has absolutely murdered me. There is so much of her poetry that I feel down to my soul and she pulls ...

    I'm not sure how this is my first time reading Rachel Wiley's work, but at least I've finally found it. New poet obsession. This woman. So many poems in this collection feel like she could have plucked the inspiration from my own life. It's so strange the similarities. I read t...

    Rachel Wiley's voice is direct, topical, and highly interested in the various ways we construe gender, romance, bodies, sexuality, etc. Wiley is witty and often veers into laugh-out-loud funny, but she also has an easy pace that deceptively simple in its artistry. Emotionally rich des...

    4/5 stars Some of these poems were really difficult to read, just because of how much I identified with the way Wiley wrote about queerness and being fat. Wiley is definitely a poet I'm going to look out for just based on her openness about being fat, something I still think is quit...

    I fucks with Rachel Wiley. She's a sav. Not to mention, all these poems I relate to immensely. She just goes so hard you feel it. Coming from the intersections of a fat, black feminist - all these poems hit me in the feels. What I like about Rachel Wiley is not only is she brilliant wr...

  • Charlotte
    May 28, 2018

    Rachel, by turns, makes me think, cry, laugh, rage... all the feels. I was lucky enough to see her do a reading of her work here in Minneapolis recently, and I have never been more enthralled at anything. She is brilliant and simultaneously reverent AND irreverant. I adore her and her ...

    These poems were amazing. So incredibly raw and I honestly didn't know what to expect. I saw a few videos of Rachel Wiley on Facebook and just couldn't put off buying the book any longer. Her words are emotional and I could relate them on more than one occasion. I love her spirit and h...

    Great stuff. Thought-provoking, with fantastic choice of words. ...

    I knew this book was going to be amazing before I bought it. What I didn't realize was what level of amazing it was going to be. I was scrolling through Facebook Friday morning and someone had shared a reading of Dry Cake Wishes and Tap Water Dreams. I watched it. Four lines in, I w...

    I loved this book!! Some poems made me laugh out loud & others made me want to cry. What more can you ask for from a poetry collection? ...

    Great collection! While I think she is better when you can actually hear her read (true of most modern poets, especially those who write in free verse,) these jumped off the page nicely when read and are brutal and in your face in all the best ways. Some humor, although biting, is mixe...

    A friend of mine sent me this book, and while I had already loved Rachel Wiley's Button Poetry videos, I hadn't yet actually read her stuff. And OH MY GOD bury me with this because she has absolutely murdered me. There is so much of her poetry that I feel down to my soul and she pulls ...

    I'm not sure how this is my first time reading Rachel Wiley's work, but at least I've finally found it. New poet obsession. This woman. So many poems in this collection feel like she could have plucked the inspiration from my own life. It's so strange the similarities. I read t...

    Rachel Wiley's voice is direct, topical, and highly interested in the various ways we construe gender, romance, bodies, sexuality, etc. Wiley is witty and often veers into laugh-out-loud funny, but she also has an easy pace that deceptively simple in its artistry. Emotionally rich des...

    4/5 stars Some of these poems were really difficult to read, just because of how much I identified with the way Wiley wrote about queerness and being fat. Wiley is definitely a poet I'm going to look out for just based on her openness about being fat, something I still think is quit...

    I fucks with Rachel Wiley. She's a sav. Not to mention, all these poems I relate to immensely. She just goes so hard you feel it. Coming from the intersections of a fat, black feminist - all these poems hit me in the feels. What I like about Rachel Wiley is not only is she brilliant wr...

    Sharp poems written with a burlesque and fierce flow...I loved each and every page! One particular poem grabbed my heart with great strength yet another brought tears of empathy...another brought laughter...this is such a unique read! R. WILEY well-done! ...

    Amazing! I loved this collection so much! RTC. ...

    I can honestly say this was the best of its kind and will hold this one close to my heart ...

    I found many of these poems relatable. And even those I didn?t relate to personally were engaging and dynamic and had me wanting more. A very good collection. ...

    This is amazing! So honest and moving and just AMAZING! ...

    A perfect follow-up to "Fat Girl Finishing School"! This collection of poems carries forward Rachel's excellent reflections on systemic oppression through innovative poetic expression. Her voice rings through midwestern cityscapes, schoolyards, family gatherings, and an apartment o...

    This poetry is beautiful and painful and perfect. How dare Rachel Wiley know me like this. ...

    I happened to read this on my exes 27th birthday. If you?ve read ?Dry Cake Wishes and Tap Water Dreams? maybe you?ll understand why this feels like irony, why it feels like kismet, why it feels like salvation. As a lonely, mixed, depressed fat girl myself, this is probably ...

    Trigger Warnings: eating disorders, body shaming and rape. Rachel Wiley has been one of my favourite poets ever since I first saw her performance of Ten Honest Thoughts On Being Loved By A Skinny Boy on the Button Poetry Youtube Channel. I just simply adore the ?no-BS? manner s...

  • Olivia Case
    Mar 29, 2018

    Rachel, by turns, makes me think, cry, laugh, rage... all the feels. I was lucky enough to see her do a reading of her work here in Minneapolis recently, and I have never been more enthralled at anything. She is brilliant and simultaneously reverent AND irreverant. I adore her and her ...

    These poems were amazing. So incredibly raw and I honestly didn't know what to expect. I saw a few videos of Rachel Wiley on Facebook and just couldn't put off buying the book any longer. Her words are emotional and I could relate them on more than one occasion. I love her spirit and h...

    Great stuff. Thought-provoking, with fantastic choice of words. ...

    I knew this book was going to be amazing before I bought it. What I didn't realize was what level of amazing it was going to be. I was scrolling through Facebook Friday morning and someone had shared a reading of Dry Cake Wishes and Tap Water Dreams. I watched it. Four lines in, I w...

    I loved this book!! Some poems made me laugh out loud & others made me want to cry. What more can you ask for from a poetry collection? ...

    Great collection! While I think she is better when you can actually hear her read (true of most modern poets, especially those who write in free verse,) these jumped off the page nicely when read and are brutal and in your face in all the best ways. Some humor, although biting, is mixe...

    A friend of mine sent me this book, and while I had already loved Rachel Wiley's Button Poetry videos, I hadn't yet actually read her stuff. And OH MY GOD bury me with this because she has absolutely murdered me. There is so much of her poetry that I feel down to my soul and she pulls ...

    I'm not sure how this is my first time reading Rachel Wiley's work, but at least I've finally found it. New poet obsession. This woman. So many poems in this collection feel like she could have plucked the inspiration from my own life. It's so strange the similarities. I read t...

    Rachel Wiley's voice is direct, topical, and highly interested in the various ways we construe gender, romance, bodies, sexuality, etc. Wiley is witty and often veers into laugh-out-loud funny, but she also has an easy pace that deceptively simple in its artistry. Emotionally rich des...

    4/5 stars Some of these poems were really difficult to read, just because of how much I identified with the way Wiley wrote about queerness and being fat. Wiley is definitely a poet I'm going to look out for just based on her openness about being fat, something I still think is quit...

    I fucks with Rachel Wiley. She's a sav. Not to mention, all these poems I relate to immensely. She just goes so hard you feel it. Coming from the intersections of a fat, black feminist - all these poems hit me in the feels. What I like about Rachel Wiley is not only is she brilliant wr...

    Sharp poems written with a burlesque and fierce flow...I loved each and every page! One particular poem grabbed my heart with great strength yet another brought tears of empathy...another brought laughter...this is such a unique read! R. WILEY well-done! ...

    Amazing! I loved this collection so much! RTC. ...

    I can honestly say this was the best of its kind and will hold this one close to my heart ...

  • Carla
    Sep 12, 2018

    Rachel, by turns, makes me think, cry, laugh, rage... all the feels. I was lucky enough to see her do a reading of her work here in Minneapolis recently, and I have never been more enthralled at anything. She is brilliant and simultaneously reverent AND irreverant. I adore her and her ...

    These poems were amazing. So incredibly raw and I honestly didn't know what to expect. I saw a few videos of Rachel Wiley on Facebook and just couldn't put off buying the book any longer. Her words are emotional and I could relate them on more than one occasion. I love her spirit and h...

    Great stuff. Thought-provoking, with fantastic choice of words. ...

    I knew this book was going to be amazing before I bought it. What I didn't realize was what level of amazing it was going to be. I was scrolling through Facebook Friday morning and someone had shared a reading of Dry Cake Wishes and Tap Water Dreams. I watched it. Four lines in, I w...

    I loved this book!! Some poems made me laugh out loud & others made me want to cry. What more can you ask for from a poetry collection? ...

    Great collection! While I think she is better when you can actually hear her read (true of most modern poets, especially those who write in free verse,) these jumped off the page nicely when read and are brutal and in your face in all the best ways. Some humor, although biting, is mixe...

    A friend of mine sent me this book, and while I had already loved Rachel Wiley's Button Poetry videos, I hadn't yet actually read her stuff. And OH MY GOD bury me with this because she has absolutely murdered me. There is so much of her poetry that I feel down to my soul and she pulls ...

    I'm not sure how this is my first time reading Rachel Wiley's work, but at least I've finally found it. New poet obsession. This woman. So many poems in this collection feel like she could have plucked the inspiration from my own life. It's so strange the similarities. I read t...

    Rachel Wiley's voice is direct, topical, and highly interested in the various ways we construe gender, romance, bodies, sexuality, etc. Wiley is witty and often veers into laugh-out-loud funny, but she also has an easy pace that deceptively simple in its artistry. Emotionally rich des...

    4/5 stars Some of these poems were really difficult to read, just because of how much I identified with the way Wiley wrote about queerness and being fat. Wiley is definitely a poet I'm going to look out for just based on her openness about being fat, something I still think is quit...

    I fucks with Rachel Wiley. She's a sav. Not to mention, all these poems I relate to immensely. She just goes so hard you feel it. Coming from the intersections of a fat, black feminist - all these poems hit me in the feels. What I like about Rachel Wiley is not only is she brilliant wr...

    Sharp poems written with a burlesque and fierce flow...I loved each and every page! One particular poem grabbed my heart with great strength yet another brought tears of empathy...another brought laughter...this is such a unique read! R. WILEY well-done! ...

    Amazing! I loved this collection so much! RTC. ...

    I can honestly say this was the best of its kind and will hold this one close to my heart ...

    I found many of these poems relatable. And even those I didn?t relate to personally were engaging and dynamic and had me wanting more. A very good collection. ...

    This is amazing! So honest and moving and just AMAZING! ...

    A perfect follow-up to "Fat Girl Finishing School"! This collection of poems carries forward Rachel's excellent reflections on systemic oppression through innovative poetic expression. Her voice rings through midwestern cityscapes, schoolyards, family gatherings, and an apartment o...

    This poetry is beautiful and painful and perfect. How dare Rachel Wiley know me like this. ...

    I happened to read this on my exes 27th birthday. If you?ve read ?Dry Cake Wishes and Tap Water Dreams? maybe you?ll understand why this feels like irony, why it feels like kismet, why it feels like salvation. As a lonely, mixed, depressed fat girl myself, this is probably ...

    Trigger Warnings: eating disorders, body shaming and rape. Rachel Wiley has been one of my favourite poets ever since I first saw her performance of Ten Honest Thoughts On Being Loved By A Skinny Boy on the Button Poetry Youtube Channel. I just simply adore the ?no-BS? manner s...

    I first heard about Rachel, when my flat mate tagged me in a video of a slam poetry event of her reciting Fat Joke. Straight away, I knew I needed more. I bought this book. And then didn't get to read it until now. And my, what a beauty it is. No, it is not actually 'pretty' poetry. ...

  • Genesee Rickel
    Jun 04, 2018

    Rachel, by turns, makes me think, cry, laugh, rage... all the feels. I was lucky enough to see her do a reading of her work here in Minneapolis recently, and I have never been more enthralled at anything. She is brilliant and simultaneously reverent AND irreverant. I adore her and her ...

    These poems were amazing. So incredibly raw and I honestly didn't know what to expect. I saw a few videos of Rachel Wiley on Facebook and just couldn't put off buying the book any longer. Her words are emotional and I could relate them on more than one occasion. I love her spirit and h...

    Great stuff. Thought-provoking, with fantastic choice of words. ...

    I knew this book was going to be amazing before I bought it. What I didn't realize was what level of amazing it was going to be. I was scrolling through Facebook Friday morning and someone had shared a reading of Dry Cake Wishes and Tap Water Dreams. I watched it. Four lines in, I w...

    I loved this book!! Some poems made me laugh out loud & others made me want to cry. What more can you ask for from a poetry collection? ...

    Great collection! While I think she is better when you can actually hear her read (true of most modern poets, especially those who write in free verse,) these jumped off the page nicely when read and are brutal and in your face in all the best ways. Some humor, although biting, is mixe...

    A friend of mine sent me this book, and while I had already loved Rachel Wiley's Button Poetry videos, I hadn't yet actually read her stuff. And OH MY GOD bury me with this because she has absolutely murdered me. There is so much of her poetry that I feel down to my soul and she pulls ...

    I'm not sure how this is my first time reading Rachel Wiley's work, but at least I've finally found it. New poet obsession. This woman. So many poems in this collection feel like she could have plucked the inspiration from my own life. It's so strange the similarities. I read t...

    Rachel Wiley's voice is direct, topical, and highly interested in the various ways we construe gender, romance, bodies, sexuality, etc. Wiley is witty and often veers into laugh-out-loud funny, but she also has an easy pace that deceptively simple in its artistry. Emotionally rich des...

    4/5 stars Some of these poems were really difficult to read, just because of how much I identified with the way Wiley wrote about queerness and being fat. Wiley is definitely a poet I'm going to look out for just based on her openness about being fat, something I still think is quit...

    I fucks with Rachel Wiley. She's a sav. Not to mention, all these poems I relate to immensely. She just goes so hard you feel it. Coming from the intersections of a fat, black feminist - all these poems hit me in the feels. What I like about Rachel Wiley is not only is she brilliant wr...

    Sharp poems written with a burlesque and fierce flow...I loved each and every page! One particular poem grabbed my heart with great strength yet another brought tears of empathy...another brought laughter...this is such a unique read! R. WILEY well-done! ...

    Amazing! I loved this collection so much! RTC. ...

    I can honestly say this was the best of its kind and will hold this one close to my heart ...

    I found many of these poems relatable. And even those I didn?t relate to personally were engaging and dynamic and had me wanting more. A very good collection. ...

    This is amazing! So honest and moving and just AMAZING! ...

    A perfect follow-up to "Fat Girl Finishing School"! This collection of poems carries forward Rachel's excellent reflections on systemic oppression through innovative poetic expression. Her voice rings through midwestern cityscapes, schoolyards, family gatherings, and an apartment o...

    This poetry is beautiful and painful and perfect. How dare Rachel Wiley know me like this. ...

    I happened to read this on my exes 27th birthday. If you?ve read ?Dry Cake Wishes and Tap Water Dreams? maybe you?ll understand why this feels like irony, why it feels like kismet, why it feels like salvation. As a lonely, mixed, depressed fat girl myself, this is probably ...

    Trigger Warnings: eating disorders, body shaming and rape. Rachel Wiley has been one of my favourite poets ever since I first saw her performance of Ten Honest Thoughts On Being Loved By A Skinny Boy on the Button Poetry Youtube Channel. I just simply adore the ?no-BS? manner s...

    I first heard about Rachel, when my flat mate tagged me in a video of a slam poetry event of her reciting Fat Joke. Straight away, I knew I needed more. I bought this book. And then didn't get to read it until now. And my, what a beauty it is. No, it is not actually 'pretty' poetry. ...

    I had listened to some of the Wiley's poems on the Button Poetry youtube channel - because that's what I do in my spare time/when I want inspiration, listen to poems - and I always loved her voice. So flash forward to me in my local bookstore buying this book on sight and devouring it ...

    ?There will be days you struggle with knowing where you belong for feeling like you belong everywhere and nowhere at all. There will be years when you feel bruised like worlds collided. So, when they ask (and they always ask) what you are tell them you are made up of whole w...

    When I say "finished" its not really true b/c I keep going back and re-reading parts and leaving it open on my kindle. This book is everything I didn't know I needed right now. Each poem was a gift. I don't really know how to describe the joy I had reading this book; I'm not usually a ...

    Same old bland kind of vaguely feminist poetry with the same message of loving your body and fighting off loneliness and dealing with trauma. While these are completely valid themes, they do not hold my attention enough to read yet another book about them. I would class this collection...

    Sometimes when I read poetry I feel like collecting clippings from the work, assembling them in an artful contract, and offering my new masterpiece to any future partner with a ?get that this is me or get out? contingency. This collection would have contributed several clippings. ...

  • Raven Black
    Jul 25, 2018

    Rachel, by turns, makes me think, cry, laugh, rage... all the feels. I was lucky enough to see her do a reading of her work here in Minneapolis recently, and I have never been more enthralled at anything. She is brilliant and simultaneously reverent AND irreverant. I adore her and her ...

    These poems were amazing. So incredibly raw and I honestly didn't know what to expect. I saw a few videos of Rachel Wiley on Facebook and just couldn't put off buying the book any longer. Her words are emotional and I could relate them on more than one occasion. I love her spirit and h...

    Great stuff. Thought-provoking, with fantastic choice of words. ...

    I knew this book was going to be amazing before I bought it. What I didn't realize was what level of amazing it was going to be. I was scrolling through Facebook Friday morning and someone had shared a reading of Dry Cake Wishes and Tap Water Dreams. I watched it. Four lines in, I w...

    I loved this book!! Some poems made me laugh out loud & others made me want to cry. What more can you ask for from a poetry collection? ...

    Great collection! While I think she is better when you can actually hear her read (true of most modern poets, especially those who write in free verse,) these jumped off the page nicely when read and are brutal and in your face in all the best ways. Some humor, although biting, is mixe...

    A friend of mine sent me this book, and while I had already loved Rachel Wiley's Button Poetry videos, I hadn't yet actually read her stuff. And OH MY GOD bury me with this because she has absolutely murdered me. There is so much of her poetry that I feel down to my soul and she pulls ...

    I'm not sure how this is my first time reading Rachel Wiley's work, but at least I've finally found it. New poet obsession. This woman. So many poems in this collection feel like she could have plucked the inspiration from my own life. It's so strange the similarities. I read t...

    Rachel Wiley's voice is direct, topical, and highly interested in the various ways we construe gender, romance, bodies, sexuality, etc. Wiley is witty and often veers into laugh-out-loud funny, but she also has an easy pace that deceptively simple in its artistry. Emotionally rich des...

    4/5 stars Some of these poems were really difficult to read, just because of how much I identified with the way Wiley wrote about queerness and being fat. Wiley is definitely a poet I'm going to look out for just based on her openness about being fat, something I still think is quit...

    I fucks with Rachel Wiley. She's a sav. Not to mention, all these poems I relate to immensely. She just goes so hard you feel it. Coming from the intersections of a fat, black feminist - all these poems hit me in the feels. What I like about Rachel Wiley is not only is she brilliant wr...

    Sharp poems written with a burlesque and fierce flow...I loved each and every page! One particular poem grabbed my heart with great strength yet another brought tears of empathy...another brought laughter...this is such a unique read! R. WILEY well-done! ...

    Amazing! I loved this collection so much! RTC. ...

    I can honestly say this was the best of its kind and will hold this one close to my heart ...

    I found many of these poems relatable. And even those I didn?t relate to personally were engaging and dynamic and had me wanting more. A very good collection. ...

    This is amazing! So honest and moving and just AMAZING! ...

    A perfect follow-up to "Fat Girl Finishing School"! This collection of poems carries forward Rachel's excellent reflections on systemic oppression through innovative poetic expression. Her voice rings through midwestern cityscapes, schoolyards, family gatherings, and an apartment o...

    This poetry is beautiful and painful and perfect. How dare Rachel Wiley know me like this. ...

    I happened to read this on my exes 27th birthday. If you?ve read ?Dry Cake Wishes and Tap Water Dreams? maybe you?ll understand why this feels like irony, why it feels like kismet, why it feels like salvation. As a lonely, mixed, depressed fat girl myself, this is probably ...

    Trigger Warnings: eating disorders, body shaming and rape. Rachel Wiley has been one of my favourite poets ever since I first saw her performance of Ten Honest Thoughts On Being Loved By A Skinny Boy on the Button Poetry Youtube Channel. I just simply adore the ?no-BS? manner s...

    I first heard about Rachel, when my flat mate tagged me in a video of a slam poetry event of her reciting Fat Joke. Straight away, I knew I needed more. I bought this book. And then didn't get to read it until now. And my, what a beauty it is. No, it is not actually 'pretty' poetry. ...

    I had listened to some of the Wiley's poems on the Button Poetry youtube channel - because that's what I do in my spare time/when I want inspiration, listen to poems - and I always loved her voice. So flash forward to me in my local bookstore buying this book on sight and devouring it ...

    ?There will be days you struggle with knowing where you belong for feeling like you belong everywhere and nowhere at all. There will be years when you feel bruised like worlds collided. So, when they ask (and they always ask) what you are tell them you are made up of whole w...

    When I say "finished" its not really true b/c I keep going back and re-reading parts and leaving it open on my kindle. This book is everything I didn't know I needed right now. Each poem was a gift. I don't really know how to describe the joy I had reading this book; I'm not usually a ...

    Same old bland kind of vaguely feminist poetry with the same message of loving your body and fighting off loneliness and dealing with trauma. While these are completely valid themes, they do not hold my attention enough to read yet another book about them. I would class this collection...

    Sometimes when I read poetry I feel like collecting clippings from the work, assembling them in an artful contract, and offering my new masterpiece to any future partner with a ?get that this is me or get out? contingency. This collection would have contributed several clippings. ...

    A new favorite modern poet Ever since I happened by one of Rachel?s videos reciting her poem The Fat Joke, I?ve been in awe of her. She the unapologetic and sharp-witted feminist, body-positive writer I needed at 14 years old, but I?m glad I have her at 27. ...

    ? 3.5 Remember that this chest grasp this violent sigh this exodus is temporary nothing more than a spasm ... __ Hallelujah to the still-thumping heart. Sing it to the rafters. Glory Glory glory glory ...

    I read the first 20 poems or so. I just feel like they spoke to my demographic - I?m in my mid-40s and married; the poems I did read were mostly about being single and alone (and, although not stated, my impression was in one?s 20s) ...

    Sometimes she is pretty feminist and "militant" in her thoughts. Most of what she says, however, can be relatable to almost anyone. She might not have "across the board" appeal, but she does have appeal. ...

  • Molly Hoggard
    May 27, 2018

    Rachel, by turns, makes me think, cry, laugh, rage... all the feels. I was lucky enough to see her do a reading of her work here in Minneapolis recently, and I have never been more enthralled at anything. She is brilliant and simultaneously reverent AND irreverant. I adore her and her ...

    These poems were amazing. So incredibly raw and I honestly didn't know what to expect. I saw a few videos of Rachel Wiley on Facebook and just couldn't put off buying the book any longer. Her words are emotional and I could relate them on more than one occasion. I love her spirit and h...

    Great stuff. Thought-provoking, with fantastic choice of words. ...

    I knew this book was going to be amazing before I bought it. What I didn't realize was what level of amazing it was going to be. I was scrolling through Facebook Friday morning and someone had shared a reading of Dry Cake Wishes and Tap Water Dreams. I watched it. Four lines in, I w...

    I loved this book!! Some poems made me laugh out loud & others made me want to cry. What more can you ask for from a poetry collection? ...

    Great collection! While I think she is better when you can actually hear her read (true of most modern poets, especially those who write in free verse,) these jumped off the page nicely when read and are brutal and in your face in all the best ways. Some humor, although biting, is mixe...

    A friend of mine sent me this book, and while I had already loved Rachel Wiley's Button Poetry videos, I hadn't yet actually read her stuff. And OH MY GOD bury me with this because she has absolutely murdered me. There is so much of her poetry that I feel down to my soul and she pulls ...

    I'm not sure how this is my first time reading Rachel Wiley's work, but at least I've finally found it. New poet obsession. This woman. So many poems in this collection feel like she could have plucked the inspiration from my own life. It's so strange the similarities. I read t...

    Rachel Wiley's voice is direct, topical, and highly interested in the various ways we construe gender, romance, bodies, sexuality, etc. Wiley is witty and often veers into laugh-out-loud funny, but she also has an easy pace that deceptively simple in its artistry. Emotionally rich des...

    4/5 stars Some of these poems were really difficult to read, just because of how much I identified with the way Wiley wrote about queerness and being fat. Wiley is definitely a poet I'm going to look out for just based on her openness about being fat, something I still think is quit...

    I fucks with Rachel Wiley. She's a sav. Not to mention, all these poems I relate to immensely. She just goes so hard you feel it. Coming from the intersections of a fat, black feminist - all these poems hit me in the feels. What I like about Rachel Wiley is not only is she brilliant wr...

    Sharp poems written with a burlesque and fierce flow...I loved each and every page! One particular poem grabbed my heart with great strength yet another brought tears of empathy...another brought laughter...this is such a unique read! R. WILEY well-done! ...

  • Amber Am's
    Apr 02, 2018

    Rachel, by turns, makes me think, cry, laugh, rage... all the feels. I was lucky enough to see her do a reading of her work here in Minneapolis recently, and I have never been more enthralled at anything. She is brilliant and simultaneously reverent AND irreverant. I adore her and her ...

    These poems were amazing. So incredibly raw and I honestly didn't know what to expect. I saw a few videos of Rachel Wiley on Facebook and just couldn't put off buying the book any longer. Her words are emotional and I could relate them on more than one occasion. I love her spirit and h...

    Great stuff. Thought-provoking, with fantastic choice of words. ...

    I knew this book was going to be amazing before I bought it. What I didn't realize was what level of amazing it was going to be. I was scrolling through Facebook Friday morning and someone had shared a reading of Dry Cake Wishes and Tap Water Dreams. I watched it. Four lines in, I w...

    I loved this book!! Some poems made me laugh out loud & others made me want to cry. What more can you ask for from a poetry collection? ...

  • Kristen
    Jun 13, 2018

    Rachel, by turns, makes me think, cry, laugh, rage... all the feels. I was lucky enough to see her do a reading of her work here in Minneapolis recently, and I have never been more enthralled at anything. She is brilliant and simultaneously reverent AND irreverant. I adore her and her ...

    These poems were amazing. So incredibly raw and I honestly didn't know what to expect. I saw a few videos of Rachel Wiley on Facebook and just couldn't put off buying the book any longer. Her words are emotional and I could relate them on more than one occasion. I love her spirit and h...

    Great stuff. Thought-provoking, with fantastic choice of words. ...

    I knew this book was going to be amazing before I bought it. What I didn't realize was what level of amazing it was going to be. I was scrolling through Facebook Friday morning and someone had shared a reading of Dry Cake Wishes and Tap Water Dreams. I watched it. Four lines in, I w...

    I loved this book!! Some poems made me laugh out loud & others made me want to cry. What more can you ask for from a poetry collection? ...

    Great collection! While I think she is better when you can actually hear her read (true of most modern poets, especially those who write in free verse,) these jumped off the page nicely when read and are brutal and in your face in all the best ways. Some humor, although biting, is mixe...

    A friend of mine sent me this book, and while I had already loved Rachel Wiley's Button Poetry videos, I hadn't yet actually read her stuff. And OH MY GOD bury me with this because she has absolutely murdered me. There is so much of her poetry that I feel down to my soul and she pulls ...

    I'm not sure how this is my first time reading Rachel Wiley's work, but at least I've finally found it. New poet obsession. This woman. So many poems in this collection feel like she could have plucked the inspiration from my own life. It's so strange the similarities. I read t...

    Rachel Wiley's voice is direct, topical, and highly interested in the various ways we construe gender, romance, bodies, sexuality, etc. Wiley is witty and often veers into laugh-out-loud funny, but she also has an easy pace that deceptively simple in its artistry. Emotionally rich des...

    4/5 stars Some of these poems were really difficult to read, just because of how much I identified with the way Wiley wrote about queerness and being fat. Wiley is definitely a poet I'm going to look out for just based on her openness about being fat, something I still think is quit...

    I fucks with Rachel Wiley. She's a sav. Not to mention, all these poems I relate to immensely. She just goes so hard you feel it. Coming from the intersections of a fat, black feminist - all these poems hit me in the feels. What I like about Rachel Wiley is not only is she brilliant wr...

    Sharp poems written with a burlesque and fierce flow...I loved each and every page! One particular poem grabbed my heart with great strength yet another brought tears of empathy...another brought laughter...this is such a unique read! R. WILEY well-done! ...

    Amazing! I loved this collection so much! RTC. ...

    I can honestly say this was the best of its kind and will hold this one close to my heart ...

    I found many of these poems relatable. And even those I didn?t relate to personally were engaging and dynamic and had me wanting more. A very good collection. ...

    This is amazing! So honest and moving and just AMAZING! ...

    A perfect follow-up to "Fat Girl Finishing School"! This collection of poems carries forward Rachel's excellent reflections on systemic oppression through innovative poetic expression. Her voice rings through midwestern cityscapes, schoolyards, family gatherings, and an apartment o...

    This poetry is beautiful and painful and perfect. How dare Rachel Wiley know me like this. ...

    I happened to read this on my exes 27th birthday. If you?ve read ?Dry Cake Wishes and Tap Water Dreams? maybe you?ll understand why this feels like irony, why it feels like kismet, why it feels like salvation. As a lonely, mixed, depressed fat girl myself, this is probably ...

    Trigger Warnings: eating disorders, body shaming and rape. Rachel Wiley has been one of my favourite poets ever since I first saw her performance of Ten Honest Thoughts On Being Loved By A Skinny Boy on the Button Poetry Youtube Channel. I just simply adore the ?no-BS? manner s...

    I first heard about Rachel, when my flat mate tagged me in a video of a slam poetry event of her reciting Fat Joke. Straight away, I knew I needed more. I bought this book. And then didn't get to read it until now. And my, what a beauty it is. No, it is not actually 'pretty' poetry. ...

    I had listened to some of the Wiley's poems on the Button Poetry youtube channel - because that's what I do in my spare time/when I want inspiration, listen to poems - and I always loved her voice. So flash forward to me in my local bookstore buying this book on sight and devouring it ...

    ?There will be days you struggle with knowing where you belong for feeling like you belong everywhere and nowhere at all. There will be years when you feel bruised like worlds collided. So, when they ask (and they always ask) what you are tell them you are made up of whole w...

    When I say "finished" its not really true b/c I keep going back and re-reading parts and leaving it open on my kindle. This book is everything I didn't know I needed right now. Each poem was a gift. I don't really know how to describe the joy I had reading this book; I'm not usually a ...

  • Jena Blancard
    Mar 26, 2018

    Rachel, by turns, makes me think, cry, laugh, rage... all the feels. I was lucky enough to see her do a reading of her work here in Minneapolis recently, and I have never been more enthralled at anything. She is brilliant and simultaneously reverent AND irreverant. I adore her and her ...

    These poems were amazing. So incredibly raw and I honestly didn't know what to expect. I saw a few videos of Rachel Wiley on Facebook and just couldn't put off buying the book any longer. Her words are emotional and I could relate them on more than one occasion. I love her spirit and h...

  • Kris Dersch
    Jul 10, 2018

    Rachel, by turns, makes me think, cry, laugh, rage... all the feels. I was lucky enough to see her do a reading of her work here in Minneapolis recently, and I have never been more enthralled at anything. She is brilliant and simultaneously reverent AND irreverant. I adore her and her ...

    These poems were amazing. So incredibly raw and I honestly didn't know what to expect. I saw a few videos of Rachel Wiley on Facebook and just couldn't put off buying the book any longer. Her words are emotional and I could relate them on more than one occasion. I love her spirit and h...

    Great stuff. Thought-provoking, with fantastic choice of words. ...

    I knew this book was going to be amazing before I bought it. What I didn't realize was what level of amazing it was going to be. I was scrolling through Facebook Friday morning and someone had shared a reading of Dry Cake Wishes and Tap Water Dreams. I watched it. Four lines in, I w...

    I loved this book!! Some poems made me laugh out loud & others made me want to cry. What more can you ask for from a poetry collection? ...

    Great collection! While I think she is better when you can actually hear her read (true of most modern poets, especially those who write in free verse,) these jumped off the page nicely when read and are brutal and in your face in all the best ways. Some humor, although biting, is mixe...

  • Melissa
    Aug 18, 2018

    Rachel, by turns, makes me think, cry, laugh, rage... all the feels. I was lucky enough to see her do a reading of her work here in Minneapolis recently, and I have never been more enthralled at anything. She is brilliant and simultaneously reverent AND irreverant. I adore her and her ...

    These poems were amazing. So incredibly raw and I honestly didn't know what to expect. I saw a few videos of Rachel Wiley on Facebook and just couldn't put off buying the book any longer. Her words are emotional and I could relate them on more than one occasion. I love her spirit and h...

    Great stuff. Thought-provoking, with fantastic choice of words. ...

    I knew this book was going to be amazing before I bought it. What I didn't realize was what level of amazing it was going to be. I was scrolling through Facebook Friday morning and someone had shared a reading of Dry Cake Wishes and Tap Water Dreams. I watched it. Four lines in, I w...

    I loved this book!! Some poems made me laugh out loud & others made me want to cry. What more can you ask for from a poetry collection? ...

    Great collection! While I think she is better when you can actually hear her read (true of most modern poets, especially those who write in free verse,) these jumped off the page nicely when read and are brutal and in your face in all the best ways. Some humor, although biting, is mixe...

    A friend of mine sent me this book, and while I had already loved Rachel Wiley's Button Poetry videos, I hadn't yet actually read her stuff. And OH MY GOD bury me with this because she has absolutely murdered me. There is so much of her poetry that I feel down to my soul and she pulls ...

    I'm not sure how this is my first time reading Rachel Wiley's work, but at least I've finally found it. New poet obsession. This woman. So many poems in this collection feel like she could have plucked the inspiration from my own life. It's so strange the similarities. I read t...

    Rachel Wiley's voice is direct, topical, and highly interested in the various ways we construe gender, romance, bodies, sexuality, etc. Wiley is witty and often veers into laugh-out-loud funny, but she also has an easy pace that deceptively simple in its artistry. Emotionally rich des...

    4/5 stars Some of these poems were really difficult to read, just because of how much I identified with the way Wiley wrote about queerness and being fat. Wiley is definitely a poet I'm going to look out for just based on her openness about being fat, something I still think is quit...

    I fucks with Rachel Wiley. She's a sav. Not to mention, all these poems I relate to immensely. She just goes so hard you feel it. Coming from the intersections of a fat, black feminist - all these poems hit me in the feels. What I like about Rachel Wiley is not only is she brilliant wr...

    Sharp poems written with a burlesque and fierce flow...I loved each and every page! One particular poem grabbed my heart with great strength yet another brought tears of empathy...another brought laughter...this is such a unique read! R. WILEY well-done! ...

    Amazing! I loved this collection so much! RTC. ...