"Mixtape Venus dances, shouts, sings and weeps. It’s a stunning record collection, I mean, poetry collection. These poems dream of “spooning with Botticelli,” telling “the kindest lie,” and admiring a “Student Who Cried for the Creature in Frankenstein.” This is Nina Simone, Swingline Staplers, and a “Raspberry Beret.” This is a dance party with a jubilant Gwendolyn Brooks, a rent party with Venus and Eve busting loose. These poems don’t just sing. They make it impossible to even sit still. Dana Kinsey, whose poems deserve a wide readership, is conductor, lead singer, record producer, and goddess. Here, she is one of our most able poets, making us shimmy, juke, and cry at the same time."
-Joseph Ross, Author of Ache and Raising King
"The poems in Dana Kinsey’s Mixtape Venus leap off the page and dance in the imagination, scattering perfumed words, so fully present that it’s easy to feel the ache of the speaker’s shoulders, the muscle strain lifting weights, her stretch and limber. Even in their pure physical presence, these poems are full of gentle wisdom like “flowers open widest in solitude,” often told by a speaker who is alone in their day to day life, baking a pie, awake in the middle of the night, following her GPS to a dive bar. Yet, she’s not truly alone, since the poet enters into direct conversation with the music Siri plays while she works, and many poets from our paean of poet-goddesses - Dickinson, Clifton, Angelou. Kinsey artfully opens the door to invite us into each of these resonant moments, familiar comforts, all the more magical in her telling. What a comfort to keep company with the kindred goddesses of every day hours in these pages! This is the sort of mixtape you’ll want to listen to again and again, every song a favorite."
-Sarah Ann Winn, Author of Alma Almanac, Winner of the Barrow Street Book Prize
*Mixtape Venus Cover Art by: Taylor Gaertner, Graphic Design by Daglys Rivas. Copyright 2022.