Bestselling writer and activist Alicia Cook returns with I Hope My Voice Doesn't Skip, a collection of poetry, prose, and song. The follow-up to Stuff I've Been Feeling Lately contains anthem-like poems about relationships, mental health, current social issues, and learning from loss, with the promise that recovery is possible.

The reader's experience with this unique collection is lifted from the page as Cook has collaborated with a number of up and coming musicians to transform some of her poetry into song. Like her debut book, this one is divided into two parts. Modeled after a vinyl record this time, the collection is separated into the EP record, holding Cook's shorter poetry, and the LP record, holding Cook's longer poetry, prose, and songwriting. Together, they form an inspiring collection for all those recovering from something Alicia Cook is back, with her best work to date. I love seeing writers grow. I love seeing writers give readers an honest glimpse into their lives. This is not one-size-fits-all poetry. I Hope My Voice Doesn't Skip is a diary, a time capsule. Reading this collection helped me to know the author better. That's very important to me when it comes to poetry. Am I Doing This Right? was by far, my favorite piece. I would have to quote the entire piece to show what I connected to.Here are some lines from other pieces I loved.

"You lose someone and their ghost splatters everywhere. Black as squid ink in the fibers of your clothes. In the ringlets of your unwashed hair. In the last glass from which they drank. In the passenger seat of your car."

"You need to stop internalizing other people’s pain, my mother tells me on the phone. It’s not healthy. She is right; I have done this all of my life. Like an overused sponge, I soak up all the sadness around me, feel it as if it were my own, and expect it not to seep into my own life."

"While they pair his dominant with my recessive genes, all I could think of is his indecisiveness with my selfishness. His neat freak tendencies with my manic behavior. His soft-spoken nature with my short temper. His first responder training and my habit of never wearing my seatbelt. His light with my dark. My light with his dark. I find myself thanking God that my genes are the recessive ones because he possesses more good in his pinky finger than I do in my whole body."

I Hope My Voice Doesn't Skip doesn't release until June but I recommend pre-ordering the paperback like I did so it'll arrive on release day.

Pre order here.