Reviews for Light Spun
Giving Room Mag
"From insanely elegant odes to mundane objects to incredibly descriptive reflections about life and acceptance, Light Spun has it all, and has quickly become a collection I return to read again and again."
Small Leaf Press
"Daniels’ poetry collection Light Spun, which comes out in late summer by Perennial Press, is one of the most honest, unnerving and lyrically written works I’ve read as a professional poetry reviewer so far."
Reviews for the pause and the breath
"An artistic blend of topics related to the self with its societal ramifications as a whole makes the poems feel personal yet universally relatable. Daniels has a firm grasp of vision and uses an evocative amalgamation of words to express that."
Midwest Book Review - Diane Donovan
"With surgical precision, these pieces capture breaths of life and the pauses between them. Poetry readers would do well to allocate the time to make these pauses and take these breaths when consuming The pause and the breath. Its intense study of life and meaning deserves a place in any library strong in literary contemporary works that shine."
Mad Poets Society - Katch Campbell
"In our conversation about xir intention, Kwame shared xir hope that we as reader might offer grace in the experience....But xe doesn’t ask the reader these things without having done the work xirself. Kwame, a painter, a poet, a student of Neo Slave Narratives, of Ancestral Foods, and of Herbalisim as worship and personal ceremony has scrutinized xirself as an act of self-connection and better understanding."
Independent Book Review
"Kwame Sounds Daniels’ poetry delicately reveals the vulnerability of the speaker as xe navigates the battlegrounds of the tension between the feminine and the unfeminine, the gendered and the ungendered. This book is both an examination and a proclamation of the self, prompting readers to look inwards to try and find their own authenticity."
"The Maker" from Light Spun in Issue 33 of Minola Review
"A Mirroring" from Light Spun in Feels Zine's Growth Issue
"Crip" in Rejected Lit Mag's Sixth Issue
"layspace love" and "an offering" in Bed Zine's Third Issue
"COCSA" from the pause and the breath in Ugly Duckling Presse's Second Factory Issue 4
A free and accessible chapbook funded by Suffering the Silence's 2021 "We're Still Here" Grant
A limited release of The Body Manuscript, a chapbook of American Sonnets about anorexia and proximity to death from micro-press EthelZine