- Format: Softcover
- Title: Quiet Kid
- Author: Grace Carras
- Publisher: Finishing Line Press
- Genre: Poetry
- Release Date: 11 August 2020
- Length: 36 pages
- Rating: 5-stars
Never have I experienced such raw power and emotion from 36 pages as I did while reading the work of Grace Carras. Her perfectly crafted scenes and imagery, the way she displays her emotions – all of it! – is nothing less than beautiful. If there’s one book of poetry you read this year, make sure it’s this book. You won’t be disappointed.
Upon listening to “For the Quiet Kids Who Have Been Told Speak Up” for the first time, I was transported to at time when my voice was still lay undiscovered: “remember the days you went without speaking at all…//those days you became the word absence/when you learned to hate the sound of your own laugh.” The same feeling over came me when I read the words for the first time.
In “For the Poets Who Gather Here,” I immediately transported to my first nights at the Nueva Onda Poet’s Cafe as Amado called my name for that first open mic night: “this is for you,/who overcome the trembling/dance of your own pulse/to blossom in the stage light.”
Though nothing prepared me for the strength found in the lines of the book’s final poem – “Someday I’ll Love You Grace Carras”: “…you’re gonna take/this life/with all of its punches/and shake like you’re dancing.”
Quiet Kid is one of those books that will outlast its generation. It would be a crime for it to go unread and forgotten.