2 Fish By Jhene Aiko.

The Diverse Reader 2 Fish By Jhene Aiko Book Review

Title: Two Fish

Author: Jhene Aiko

Genre: Poetry

Published: December 19, 2017

Publisher: Ulysses Press

Total Pages: 144 pages

Topics Include: Drug Abuse, Love, Family Death, Growth.

Amazon Synopsis: Grammy nominated singer/songwriter Jhené Aiko Efuru Chilombo has developed and refined a method of emoting through writing. 2Fish is a collection of intimate poems (and a few short stories) written by Chilombo from adolescence to adulthood, in no particular order. The book details Chilombo's thoughts in their most raw and honest form taken directly from a collection of notebooks she has kept since age 12.


I enjoy Jhene Aiko as a singer and song writer, so, I decided to get her poetry book. While reading this poetry book I was able to get an understanding of Aiko as a poet and how she changed as a poet from the young age of 12. The poetry book was a collection of hand written poetry, typed poetry and experiences of Jhene Aiko. I wanted to speak more about this poetry book in a detailed review.


My favorite poem: 38 Fish

in the middle of somewhere

on the edge of rejection

i took my self back

and i started accepting

that life is just moment

to moment

to moment

there’s no use in dwelling

you can not control it

or hold it

or pause it

or call it

your own

there’s no destination

you’re already home


My thoughts:

When I saw this poetry book by Jhene Aiko, I must admit that I thought of all of the beautiful songs she has created. I thought about the deep statements she has sung for her audience. But, with this poetry I had to take with a grain of salt because of the poetry being from a lifespan of Aiko. There was poetry taken from the age of 12 to her current age. The poetry was given numerical titles along side the word fish. The poetry gave me insight on the tough experiences Aiko has been through such as drug abuse, death of a brother, finding herself, love, loss and having low self esteem.

The poetry I really felt connected to was the poetry of her painful experiences in life. I think that the poetry where she spoke about the death of brother, trying to find peace in drugs, loss of love experiences was a book on it’s on. There were tough poems to get through because of the experience and tone from the poetry.

Aiko was honest, raw, emotional and spoke about the pain she has felt which made me look at her different as a singer. Most of the poetry told a story and difficult moments where Aiko was feeling her lowest. The poetry was emotional and made an impact on me as the reader.

There were different writing styles of each poem in this book. Some of the poetry is typed, handwritten, or imagery. The poetry that is handwritten or from a younger Aiko did not connect to me because of the writing style and illustrations used. The specific poems that were from her younger years or imagery did not tell a story like how other poems did. Aiko was able to stay on topic on each poem but the poems did not go in chronological order like one would think. Since the was poetry from different time periods of Aiko’s life it did not make the book as whole a strong read for me.

The order of the poetry as well as some of the poetry not conveying a message to me did not make me give this book a good rating. I would have connected better if the poems went in order, the book design did not cut off some of the poems in the book and the imagery poems were taken out. Overall, the book showed Jhene Aiko in a different light as a poet because she told an aspect of her life through poetry that I was not aware of. The poetry book is not something that captured me as a reader but it could be a different experience for someone else.

You can find this book at: https://amzn.to/2IjmQ1n


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