Nothing Is Okay

Nothing Is Okay

Nothing is Okay is the second full-length poetry collection by Rachel Wiley, whose work simultaneously deconstructs the lies that we were taught about our bodies and our beings, and builds new ways of viewing ourselves. As she delves into queerness, feminism, fatness, dating, and race, Wiley molds these topics into a punching critique of culture and a celebration of self. Nothing is Okay is the second full-length poetry collection by Rachel Wiley, whose work simultaneously deconstructs the li...

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Title:Nothing Is Okay
Author:Rachel Wiley
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Genres:Poetry
ISBN:Nothing Is Okay
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:96 pages pages

Nothing Is Okay Reviews

  • CJ
    Jan 18, 2019
    I have a confession to make: I am a monster. No, not the kind who stampedes through Tokyo (though #goals) or the kind that lurks outside your window at night. I am dog-earer. I know, a shiver ran up the spine of book lovers everywhere--I could feel you all cringing. I know, it's a bad ...
  • Dana
    May 16, 2018
    This poetry is beautiful and painful and perfect. How dare Rachel Wiley know me like this. ...
  • C. Varn
    Jun 18, 2018
    Rachel Wiley's voice is direct, topical, and highly interested in the various ways we construe gender, romance, bodies, sexuality, etc. Wiley is witty and often veers into laugh-out-loud funny, but she also has an easy pace that deceptively simple in its artistry. Emotionally rich des...
  • Allison Hogue
    May 20, 2018
    I found many of these poems relatable. And even those I didn?t relate to personally were engaging and dynamic and had me wanting more. A very good collection. ...
  • Haley
    Apr 30, 2018
    A friend of mine sent me this book, and while I had already loved Rachel Wiley's Button Poetry videos, I hadn't yet actually read her stuff. And OH MY GOD bury me with this because she has absolutely murdered me. There is so much of her poetry that I feel down to my soul and she pulls ...
  • Heather
    Sep 04, 2018
    Rachel, by turns, makes me think, cry, laugh, rage... all the feels. I was lucky enough to see her do a reading of her work here in Minneapolis recently, and I have never been more enthralled at anything. She is brilliant and simultaneously reverent AND irreverant. I adore her and her ...
  • Ash
    Nov 19, 2018
    This book is basically as if someone spoke the things that sometimes scream in my heart in the deepest dark. I knew she wrote good poetry, but I am lying here in a shell-shocked haze of being seen and so many of these poems just felt like my soul was being cracked open. ...
  • Tarryn
    May 19, 2018
    I happened to read this on my exes 27th birthday. If you?ve read ?Dry Cake Wishes and Tap Water Dreams? maybe you?ll understand why this feels like irony, why it feels like kismet, why it feels like salvation. As a lonely, mixed, depressed fat girl myself, this is probably ...
  • Michelle
    Jan 03, 2019
    This book did have quite a few good poems inside but I think for me it missed the mark a little bit. Worth the read though as there are still some absolute gems. ...
  • Andrea Dillon
    Apr 24, 2018
    This is amazing! So honest and moving and just AMAZING! ...
  • Heather
    Dec 28, 2018
    I picked this book of poetry up on a whim because I had come cross one of Rachel Wiley's slam poetry videos from Button Poetry's Facebook page. It was a poem that actually is in this book of poetry called Belly Kisses. I decided after watching her perform Belly isses I needed to read h...
  • Liz
    May 19, 2018
    A perfect follow-up to "Fat Girl Finishing School"! This collection of poems carries forward Rachel's excellent reflections on systemic oppression through innovative poetic expression. Her voice rings through midwestern cityscapes, schoolyards, family gatherings, and an apartment o...
  • Hope Mckenney
    Dec 25, 2018
    The themes and emotions expressed in this work are too real and too close to home for me. I love the way Wiley takes a scalpel and opens up the normal person to the world that is living as a tall and thick beautiful woman in the 21st century. She gives you a porthole to see into her l...
  • Leigh
    Aug 04, 2018
    I'm not sure how this is my first time reading Rachel Wiley's work, but at least I've finally found it. New poet obsession. This woman. So many poems in this collection feel like she could have plucked the inspiration from my own life. It's so strange the similarities. I read t...
  • Connie
    Aug 07, 2018
    4/5 stars Some of these poems were really difficult to read, just because of how much I identified with the way Wiley wrote about queerness and being fat. Wiley is definitely a poet I'm going to look out for just based on her openness about being fat, something I still think is quit...
  • Lizy
    Apr 09, 2018
    I knew this book was going to be amazing before I bought it. What I didn't realize was what level of amazing it was going to be. I was scrolling through Facebook Friday morning and someone had shared a reading of Dry Cake Wishes and Tap Water Dreams. I watched it. Four lines in, I w...
  • Xavier
    Nov 07, 2018
    THIS is the poet and style of poetry I've been searching for all this time. In a poetic world overwhelmed with cursory, aphorism like "poems," Wiley brings forth a collection of poetry that satiates readers and doesn't leave them hanging. Not only are the poems developed, leaving reade...
  • Priscilla
    Aug 17, 2018
    Great stuff. Thought-provoking, with fantastic choice of words. ...
  • chantel nouseforaname
    Aug 26, 2018
    I fucks with Rachel Wiley. She's a sav. Not to mention, all these poems I relate to immensely. She just goes so hard you feel it. Coming from the intersections of a fat, black feminist - all these poems hit me in the feels. What I like about Rachel Wiley is not only is she brilliant wr...
  • McKenzie Richardson
    Nov 04, 2018
    For more reviews check out my blog: Craft-Cycle This is an amazing collection of poems. I have read so many poetry books that have a few stand out poems and not much else. In this one, each poems has a mind of its own. It grabs you by the face and pulls you in, makes you smile, make...
  • Luann
    Dec 11, 2018
    Nice poetry. Strong word choices. I don't like all of ot bit some is really good. Parts of the book I like: Poem name -> part of poem I liked Rejection #1 -> "the screech and click dial up modem siren song of your people" Mixed girl -> "wonders if it's called p...
  • Charlotte
    May 28, 2018
    Trigger Warnings: eating disorders, body shaming and rape. Rachel Wiley has been one of my favourite poets ever since I first saw her performance of Ten Honest Thoughts On Being Loved By A Skinny Boy on the Button Poetry Youtube Channel. I just simply adore the ?no-BS? manner s...
  • Olivia Case
    Mar 29, 2018
    I can honestly say this was the best of its kind and will hold this one close to my heart ...
  • L.A.
    Nov 15, 2018
    The fat and the furious. If you've been following the Button crew regularly, you've probably seen Wiley's "Fat Joke" or "Dry Cake Wishes and Tap Water Dreams" poems. If you haven't, please go look that up, then come back here, and we'll talk. Ready? Okay. The two poems you watch...
  • Molly Hoggard
    May 27, 2018
    Sharp poems written with a burlesque and fierce flow...I loved each and every page! One particular poem grabbed my heart with great strength yet another brought tears of empathy...another brought laughter...this is such a unique read! R. WILEY well-done! ...
  • Amber Am's
    Apr 02, 2018
    I loved this book!! Some poems made me laugh out loud & others made me want to cry. What more can you ask for from a poetry collection? ...
  • Jena Blancard
    Mar 26, 2018
    These poems were amazing. So incredibly raw and I honestly didn't know what to expect. I saw a few videos of Rachel Wiley on Facebook and just couldn't put off buying the book any longer. Her words are emotional and I could relate them on more than one occasion. I love her spirit and h...
  • Taryn (Taryn and Her Books)
    Sep 28, 2018
    I immediately bought this book after watching a video of Rachel Wiley read out the poem "Paper Babies." This was a really great, accessible collection of poetry. The writing wasn't too flowery or filled with too many metaphors/similes. Wiley has an amazing way of making you feel so muc...
  • Kris Dersch
    Jul 10, 2018
    Great collection! While I think she is better when you can actually hear her read (true of most modern poets, especially those who write in free verse,) these jumped off the page nicely when read and are brutal and in your face in all the best ways. Some humor, although biting, is mixe...
  • MJ
    Aug 18, 2018
    Read my full review on my book blog Content Warnings: fatphobia, a lot of sexual language and references, biracial identity discrimination, queerphobia, racism, sexual assault, historical rape Nothing is Okay slowly takes your heart out of your chest and crushes it with its own s...