November 29, 2021 8:16 AM EST

Rachel Long explores the messy, glorious nuances of growing into womanhood with her debut collection of poetry, My Darling from the Lions. In three sections, Long offers a fresh and lively perspective on the intimately familiar, touching on everything from family and faith to race, sexuality and heartbreak. Inherent in each poem is Long’s steadfast commitment to her truth—by turning a loving yet unflinching eye on the things she holds dearest, she encourages readers to consider why they see the world they live in as they do and to reimagine a new one.

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