Sex & Death by Kathleen Kenny,
Poems which delve into the landscape of urban adolescence, discovering a sexual world which is both enticing and repellant. A graphic, yet understated exploration.
Some of the poems in [this book] probably started life as long as ten years ago. Others are recent. Mostly they stem from the raw material of my own experience of adolescence. But one of the best things about writing is the freedom it allows to mould the raw material of lived life into something which ends up resembling art. This transmutation demands permission. A writer gives herself this permission and, in so doing, performs an act of empowerment. No small matter.
Kathleen Kenny, introduction to Sex & Death