Like a storm waiting to break over a plain, Shakira Croce pulls at tensions and heartstrings in a debut collection filled with longing, wit, and intelligence. Through masterful imagery, Croce floats between the rural and urban with ease,Â pulling back the veil to see what lies beneath. These poems do not shy away from looking at life in all its beauty, violence, or complexities because within those boundaries we can begin to understand what it means to be human. As she writes inÂ Homecoming,Â â€œItâ€™s about finding/the space/to bring out whatâ€™s already/inside you.â€ InÂ Leave It Raw, Croce makes that space and empties out the heart for all to see.
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