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Praise for She Has a Name

"A fierce love undergirds the poems in Kamilah Aisha Moon's moving debut...She Has a Name is resonant in its grappling, wise in its recognition that what threatens to render them each undone is also inextricably part of what binds them to one another.”

–Natasha Trethewey

“It's hard to think of a contemporary poet who can confront the pangs of real-world intimacy with the truthfulness and acuity that blaze in these poems.”

–D. Nurkse

“When a loving sister makes up her mind to tell the unmitigated truth about her younger sister, her special sister, her wondrous and gifted sister, and she tells that truth in the most beautiful poetic language she can find, what is born is an unforgettable story called She Has a Name.”

–Nikky Finney

"In this marvelous debut, Kamilah Aisha Moon manages a magic poets envy: her voice is at once intimate and encompassing. When you think she's a master of the litany, you turn the page to find she needs no list to reach her startling epiphanies."

–Jericho Brown


She Has A Name works with great sensitivity in its invitation to readers to empathize with an experience that’s largely and unnecessarily hidden from public discourse.[...]A compassionate writer with a delicate touch, Moon navigates emotive territory with commendable grace.

-Rigoberto Gonzalez, Los Angeles Review of Books

Via a steady injection of iconography among the details of family life, Kamilah Aisha Moon’s debut weaves a kaleidoscopic set of poems with intimate insight and textural multiplicity.

-Melissa Leigh Gore, The Rumpus

From the beginning, through Moon's spare, almost conversational, but deceptively evocative language, the reader understands this to be a story of both love and loneliness, of a distance that can never be fully traversed...this is a myth with no heroes, only people trying to be heroic for the sake of those they love.
-Lindsay King-Miller, Muzzle Magazine

Moon’s collage of loss, grief, and gratitude reveals a family that is undeniably close and poems that feel absolutely necessary...Moon’s poetry reveals the work of years—both on and off the page—though the truth in her poems may appear effortless to the untrained eye. 

-Safia Jama, Volta Blog

With her own name a poem, Kamilah Aisha Moon enters the published world with a stunning first book, a collection of poems so wrought, honest, and compassionate that I will return to them, learn from them, and surely continue to be moved by this poet’s essential voice.

-Janlori Goldman, Jewish Currents Magazine

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