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Reviewed by Ray Simmons for Readers' Favorite
What can I say? Twelve by Kindra M. Austin is the most powerful thing I have read in recent memory. It may be the most powerful collection of poetry on the planet. It is real. It is honest and devoid of the pretentiousness of most poems and prose I have read. It is bottled grief and I advise you to think about what you may be getting yourself into before you uncap it. I don’t know how or feel qualified enough to judge it or even tell you why I love it. All I can do, with complete honesty and integrity, is tell you to read it. I’m talking to everyone. Read it. Come to your own conclusions about its brilliance and truth. You may not see it the way I see it. That is the beauty of poetry…and people. But I would be very surprised if you are not moved in a very profound way.
Let’s be real. Not everybody loves their mother. Some of us are not capable of it. Some mothers don’t deserve love. No, not everyone loves their mother, but everyone wishes they had a mother that they could love like Kindra M. Austin loves hers. Her words make me jealous. They describe something real that most people only know as an unattainable ideal. I Can Love September, Alcoholics Anonymous, and My Love, I Will Die For You were the three individual poems that resonated with me the most. I’m sure everyone will have their own favorites but I am equally as sure that there will be something for them in this beautiful tribute to a very missed mother.