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The debut poetry collection from Grammy-nominated recording artist and slam poet Tarriona "Tank" Ball about infatuation, love, and heartbreak. The real-life story of a relationship in the author's past told in verse and short prose pieces. Relatable and honest, with Tank's signature mix of whimsy and realness, Vulnerable AF is about the difference between love and infatuati The debut poetry collection from Grammy-nominated recording artist and slam poet Tarriona "Tank" Ball about infatuation, love, and heartbreak. The real-life story of a relationship in the author's past told in verse and short prose pieces. Relatable and honest, with Tank's signature mix of whimsy and realness, Vulnerable AF is about the difference between love and infatuation, the danger and confusion of losing yourself in the idea of someone else, and coming out on the other side of heartbreak with your sense of self-worth—and your sense of humor—stronger for it.


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The debut poetry collection from Grammy-nominated recording artist and slam poet Tarriona "Tank" Ball about infatuation, love, and heartbreak. The real-life story of a relationship in the author's past told in verse and short prose pieces. Relatable and honest, with Tank's signature mix of whimsy and realness, Vulnerable AF is about the difference between love and infatuati The debut poetry collection from Grammy-nominated recording artist and slam poet Tarriona "Tank" Ball about infatuation, love, and heartbreak. The real-life story of a relationship in the author's past told in verse and short prose pieces. Relatable and honest, with Tank's signature mix of whimsy and realness, Vulnerable AF is about the difference between love and infatuation, the danger and confusion of losing yourself in the idea of someone else, and coming out on the other side of heartbreak with your sense of self-worth—and your sense of humor—stronger for it.

30 review for Vulnerable AF

  1. 5 out of 5

    Steph

    If I suck the air really hard I could taste your bottom lip this debut poetry collection is relatable, candid, and beautifully vulnerable. comprised of reflections on a past relationship, there's a feeling of painful catharsis. tarriona describes it as "a collection of poems so that I can remember... and forget." my favorite thing about vulnerable af is that tarriona's personality shines brightly throughout. she establishes herself as someone who loves love, who yearns for romance and connectio If I suck the air really hard I could taste your bottom lip this debut poetry collection is relatable, candid, and beautifully vulnerable. comprised of reflections on a past relationship, there's a feeling of painful catharsis. tarriona describes it as "a collection of poems so that I can remember... and forget." my favorite thing about vulnerable af is that tarriona's personality shines brightly throughout. she establishes herself as someone who loves love, who yearns for romance and connection, and who ultimately knows her worth. My pride sometimes sits in the back seat when I ride with you but rides shotgun in the elevator Going absolutely nowhere We are not going up Limbo lazy we saving heaven for later I wanted my slice now You wouldn't tell me if you were hungry (from "Adam") the traditional poems are interspersed with "Tank's Story Time" sections that share context about her life and loves. i really enjoyed the realness of these sections. but the thing i struggle with is that i want more from this collection. tarriona establishes that she can make herself vulnerable, but i think she could have gone deeper. many of the poems are super short, and i was left wanting more. i enjoyed this collection, though, and i'm glad it made me aware of tarriona's music. her group, tank and the bangas, is badass!! i recommend this one, especially if you like heartbreaky themes or you're in need of some healing. Thank you to NetGalley and Andrews McMeel Publishing for providing me with a copy of this book in return for an honest review. Quote is from the ARC and is subject to change upon publication.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Kemora

    Vulnerable AF is a small book of poetry that is narrated by the author and it is wonderful. The way that "Tank" flows like a seasoned slam poet is a whole vibe. It gave me open mic vibes when someone gets on the stage and you have no idea what will. happen. I heard the sound of drums,snaps and whistles. The whole scene was set for me and I came into this with so many questions about Tank's life and love and this delivered. "If I suck the air really hard I can still taste your bottom lip" This Vulnerable AF is a small book of poetry that is narrated by the author and it is wonderful. The way that "Tank" flows like a seasoned slam poet is a whole vibe. It gave me open mic vibes when someone gets on the stage and you have no idea what will. happen. I heard the sound of drums,snaps and whistles. The whole scene was set for me and I came into this with so many questions about Tank's life and love and this delivered. "If I suck the air really hard I can still taste your bottom lip" This was the flyest line I have ever heard. This book was so honest and it even made me tear up a few times. They always tell you never fall for a poet because they will write about you. I felt the unrequited love and the secret affection. I am not conventionally pretty so I have unfortunately been the secret before. This book told the truth about that side of the world but there wasn't a hint of bitterness. This 📖 book stood out to me because not only did Tarriona narrate but she put the same emotion and passion into the audiobook as she did into writing this. It was absolutely a pleasure to listen to and I look forward to seeing more of this author on my radar. Thank you to Netgalley for an Audiobook ARC. This review is all my own and I am leaving an honest review.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Geoff

    4.5 stars. I hadn't heard of Tarriona "Tank" Ball before this, but this brief collection has made me a fan. She has a really nice sense of metaphor and a nice rhythm to her lines. These poems and prose pieces are about an older relationship that burned bright and then ended....poorly. the poems, like "Sun and Moon Folk" are all about understanding and learning from that: I used to call you Sun And I, your Moon We gave each other such important names So early in the day Maybe I can see why you turned 4.5 stars. I hadn't heard of Tarriona "Tank" Ball before this, but this brief collection has made me a fan. She has a really nice sense of metaphor and a nice rhythm to her lines. These poems and prose pieces are about an older relationship that burned bright and then ended....poorly. the poems, like "Sun and Moon Folk" are all about understanding and learning from that: I used to call you Sun And I, your Moon We gave each other such important names So early in the day Maybe I can see why you turned eclipse Never thought that the names would become bigger than the sky that carried them I guess you Didn't want the responsibility of brightening my day in that way Didn't know that you never wanted to gleam like that But you should know I didn't call you Sun with the intent for such a responsibility I called you Sun because when I saw you... I shined I both read this and listened to the audiobook; if you get a chance, listen to Ball read her work. Her emotion and pacing (especially on the prose pieces) are really good! 4 stars for the print book 5 stars for the audiobook **Thanks to the author, publishers, and NetGalley for free copies in exchange for an honest review.

  4. 4 out of 5

    greta ☁️

    just finished this poetry collection and it was such a sad book about being used, heartbroken and hopelessly in love, but yet... healing 🥺 i enjoyed it! definitely would recommend to people who can relate to being used in past relationships. also, i wanna say thank you to netgalley for providing me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Briar's Reviews

    Vulnerable AF by Tarriona Ball is one incredible collection of poetry that will leave you in awe. The first introduction sentence along sets the mood and really makes you feel for what's coming. Then we get to each individual piece of poetry that just "Wows". It is "Vulnerable AF". It's a step into Tarriona's minds and feelings. I loved the honestly and integrity that this collection gives off. It felt real, which I really like. I love being able to feel with someone else through a piece of writi Vulnerable AF by Tarriona Ball is one incredible collection of poetry that will leave you in awe. The first introduction sentence along sets the mood and really makes you feel for what's coming. Then we get to each individual piece of poetry that just "Wows". It is "Vulnerable AF". It's a step into Tarriona's minds and feelings. I loved the honestly and integrity that this collection gives off. It felt real, which I really like. I love being able to feel with someone else through a piece of writing. There's going to be the odd poem you don't relate to - that's the human experience. Even when I couldn't relate, I found myself still enjoying the poems. They are well written and really hit home. Overall, highly recommend this collection of poetry! Four out of five stars. Thank you to NetGalley and Andrew McMeels Publishing for providing me a free copy of this book in exchange of an honest review.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Shirin Tondkar

    I listened to the audiobook the author narrates with poetry, her's voice with the music background was wonderful. I loved both poems and the stories. This poetry collection was about ended relationship, emotion, love, heartbreak, and being vulnerable. My favorite was "could be anything" If you were a book, you'd be an interesting read with a fucked up ending and "The Ass" Out of all the parts of the body that you could be Thanks to NetGalley for the ARC in exchange for my honest review. I listened to the audiobook the author narrates with poetry, her's voice with the music background was wonderful. I loved both poems and the stories. This poetry collection was about ended relationship, emotion, love, heartbreak, and being vulnerable. My favorite was "could be anything" If you were a book, you'd be an interesting read with a fucked up ending and "The Ass" Out of all the parts of the body that you could be Thanks to NetGalley for the ARC in exchange for my honest review.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Niv

    Tarriona "Tank" Ball's debut poetry collection is a reflection on the heartbreak wrought by a past relationship. As the title suggests, Ball's writing is vulnerable; when she speaks to the former object of her affection, there are palpable flashes of anger, confusion, and pure resentment. She also paints a vivid picture of her former lover, presenting us with the bits and pieces of him that drew him to her in the first place, and which inevitably ended up breaking her heart. The book's poetry is Tarriona "Tank" Ball's debut poetry collection is a reflection on the heartbreak wrought by a past relationship. As the title suggests, Ball's writing is vulnerable; when she speaks to the former object of her affection, there are palpable flashes of anger, confusion, and pure resentment. She also paints a vivid picture of her former lover, presenting us with the bits and pieces of him that drew him to her in the first place, and which inevitably ended up breaking her heart. The book's poetry is interspersed with "Tank's Story Time", short stories that seemed intended to give some context to the poems surrounding them. However, I could've done without them. I didn't find myself connecting with any of them in any meaningful way. The book also includes some cool illustrations, all of which I absolutely adored. I found myself spending time picking these images apart as if they were poems themselves. Given her slam poetry background, it was also no surprise that some of the poems possessed rhythm that needed to be taken into account to get the full effect of the piece. One of them is "Adam", which I have to say is my personal favorite. I honestly would love the opportunity to see this one performed live. Overall, there were a lot of good poems, many of which I feel would resonate quite a bit with someone who is still in the throes of their own painful heartbreak. Personally, I just didn't feel emotionally drawn into enough of the poems, and maybe I'm just not the intended audience. However, I do feel that this poetry collection would speak most deeply to those in the midst of a breakup or anyone still holding a flame for someone who refuses to love them back. Thanks to NetGalley and Tarriona Ball for an advance copy of this book.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Frida

    I received an eARC copy from Andrews McMeel Publishing via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Actual rating 3.5, a higher rating goes for the stunning cover I pictured this whole poetry collection being performed on a stage, in a dim-lit room. Tarriona "Tank" Ball comes up with a mic and absolutely crushes the hearts of everyone in the audience, spills all her raw emotions, hurts, realness. Vulnerable AF made me feel utterly vulnerable and powerful at the same time. The poet opened her he I received an eARC copy from Andrews McMeel Publishing via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Actual rating 3.5, a higher rating goes for the stunning cover I pictured this whole poetry collection being performed on a stage, in a dim-lit room. Tarriona "Tank" Ball comes up with a mic and absolutely crushes the hearts of everyone in the audience, spills all her raw emotions, hurts, realness. Vulnerable AF made me feel utterly vulnerable and powerful at the same time. The poet opened her heart to us, revealed her deepest emotions, gave us a few life lessons, and shared glimpses of her soul. Some poems were relatable af, as we all went through a heartbreak or two. The words emanate anger, confusion, hurt, even regret and sadness. The verses and short prose are heavy with all these emotions, mixed with a dose of nostalgia of times when the poet believed that the love she felt was true. At times, I felt disconnected from a few poems and prose; they came across as weaker in wording and feelings, with less expressiveness and cohesiveness with the rest of the collection. The Ass Out of all the parts of the body that you could be I never thought you, my love, could be the asshole I thought that maybe you could be hands Reliable Soft There Holding Or maybe tongue Quick Ready Smooth Or perhaps arms Big Wide Strong Maybe even chest Broad Lay Rest But of all the things to be, you choose to be an asshole Shit Full And now... released Expectations . . . Maybe I expected too much Maybe I should have never let your arms Drive up and down my body As if they were lost Looking for a fucking rest stop Whether it be my body or my heart Maybe I had too many lights on Made you feel safe, like I was shelter The kind of place that you Hide your boredom in Don't touch me if you don't mean it . . . To all of you who are still holding a flame for someone who refuses to show you love in return, or are in the midst of a hard breakup, read this collection; it would help you heal. "It is important that we forgive ourselves for making mistakes. We need to learn from our errors and move on." Steve Maraboli

  9. 5 out of 5

    Crystal (Melanatedreader) Forte'

    Raw... original. If you like jilted love, heartbreak, sincere honest thought from the lens of a Black woman in her 20s this is for you.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Never Without a Book

    Tank is a collection of poems about a former relationship. While it's clear that Ball has a deep affection for her ex, it also shows how easily her feelings can turn toxic. The book's poetry is accompanied by short stories called Tank's Story Time, which I found to be a little confusing. Given her background in slam poetry, it was no surprise that some of the poems required more than just a simple rhythm to get the full effect. The poems are broken up into three sections: one where Tarriona talks Tank is a collection of poems about a former relationship. While it's clear that Ball has a deep affection for her ex, it also shows how easily her feelings can turn toxic. The book's poetry is accompanied by short stories called Tank's Story Time, which I found to be a little confusing. Given her background in slam poetry, it was no surprise that some of the poems required more than just a simple rhythm to get the full effect. The poems are broken up into three sections: one where Tarriona talks about her real-life relationship, one where she talks about Adams toxic relationship, and one where she talks about her future. Some of these poems are powerful, and I feel that they would most likely speak to someone who is still struggling with their own pain. Thank you, Andrew McMeel Publishing, for the gifted copy via net galley.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Timber Oaks Little Library

    Tarriona Ball took me on such an emotional trip. I don't think I have ever wanted to cheer on an author as much as I did reading Vulnerable AF! "Dump, him!", "You deserve way more!", "YOU are the SUN". Ahhh how I delighted with the poem "The Ass". This collection felt like talking to a girlfriend getting out of a toxic relationship (in the best of ways). It was so fantastic. Evocative, deep, witty. Oh and the delightful play of words *chefs kiss*. Read it! Tarriona Ball took me on such an emotional trip. I don't think I have ever wanted to cheer on an author as much as I did reading Vulnerable AF! "Dump, him!", "You deserve way more!", "YOU are the SUN". Ahhh how I delighted with the poem "The Ass". This collection felt like talking to a girlfriend getting out of a toxic relationship (in the best of ways). It was so fantastic. Evocative, deep, witty. Oh and the delightful play of words *chefs kiss*. Read it!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Ana

    3 stars *may change I'm a big fan of spoken word, key word /spoken/, so I always have a bit of trouble with the written versions of poems that are so clearly meant to be recited by someone far more talented than I am. I think it would have definitely been a more fulfilling experience had I actually seen the writer perform. Alas, we move on. Thanks to the publisher for providing an advanced readers copy via Edelweiss. 3 stars *may change I'm a big fan of spoken word, key word /spoken/, so I always have a bit of trouble with the written versions of poems that are so clearly meant to be recited by someone far more talented than I am. I think it would have definitely been a more fulfilling experience had I actually seen the writer perform. Alas, we move on. Thanks to the publisher for providing an advanced readers copy via Edelweiss.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Marie

    4.25 stars. My favorite poems were Damaged Merchandise (Walmart), Be Bee, Sudden Truth, and Adam. Strong collection, but the second half is a lot stronger than the beginning. Review to come.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Manon the Malicious

    I was provided an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I listened to this ARC. it was a very shirt poetry collection narrated by the author. I really enjoyed the narration, though, at the beginning, there was some pretty loud music and I couldn't really hear the poems. All in all, I enjoyed that. it's centered around a breakup and I really like how it all worked together. However, I found it hard to really relate to most poems and some of them didn't really felt like poems at all whe I was provided an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I listened to this ARC. it was a very shirt poetry collection narrated by the author. I really enjoyed the narration, though, at the beginning, there was some pretty loud music and I couldn't really hear the poems. All in all, I enjoyed that. it's centered around a breakup and I really like how it all worked together. However, I found it hard to really relate to most poems and some of them didn't really felt like poems at all when listened to. Still, I'll be on the lookout for more poetry for Tarriona Ball.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Anna

    Wow, this really was vulnerable af. I really enjoyed this look into a failed relationship and how the author felt. It was raw and yes, vulnerable, and I think it makes for a cool experience. Sometimes there were almost-rhymes that were a little off, unless you have a southern accent maybe, but generally, quality poetry and a quality book.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Tannisa Mahanty

    This book was so relatable , and so good. This book is made up of vulnerable poetry centred around heartbreak ,love and longing. It came through me like author's heartfelt share of her past relationships.There were some poems I could relate to , and it made me feel vulnerable again , so the books name is so appropriate. I absolutely loved the collection , and highly recommend to everyone , who have felt vulnerable once in their relationship. The audiobook version is awesome , I liked the way aut This book was so relatable , and so good. This book is made up of vulnerable poetry centred around heartbreak ,love and longing. It came through me like author's heartfelt share of her past relationships.There were some poems I could relate to , and it made me feel vulnerable again , so the books name is so appropriate. I absolutely loved the collection , and highly recommend to everyone , who have felt vulnerable once in their relationship. The audiobook version is awesome , I liked the way authors tell her poem , I felt so much more connected. Thankyou Author and publisher for the advance reader copy.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Julia

    I'm not a connoisseur of poetry. It's not the first thing I select to read but I do enjoy a good collection when I find one. Tarriona "Tank" Ball delivers a very good collection that made me think back on my first love and first break-up. Remembering the ache, sadness, anger, recovery and healing was oddly therapeutic. The poems I had audible reactions to were: Survival Guide, Postpone, Glare, The A** and Sudden Truth. Her words are more than enough but complimented by those beautiful illustrati I'm not a connoisseur of poetry. It's not the first thing I select to read but I do enjoy a good collection when I find one. Tarriona "Tank" Ball delivers a very good collection that made me think back on my first love and first break-up. Remembering the ache, sadness, anger, recovery and healing was oddly therapeutic. The poems I had audible reactions to were: Survival Guide, Postpone, Glare, The A** and Sudden Truth. Her words are more than enough but complimented by those beautiful illustrations by Shonté Young-Williams is just chef's kiss! A bundle of magical black female energy in your hands. Many thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Bayan Sh

    An amazing poetry collection by an author I've never heard of before but will be catching up very often from now on! It left me with so many emotions, and feelings, I hadn't realized mere words could give me. It was super honest and remarkable, and very relatable. As the book began, I was introduced to the great slow painful decline of love, and I was so shock at the amount of emotion the author puts in her words, and the fact that she was the narrator made every single syllable more powerful. I'm o An amazing poetry collection by an author I've never heard of before but will be catching up very often from now on! It left me with so many emotions, and feelings, I hadn't realized mere words could give me. It was super honest and remarkable, and very relatable. As the book began, I was introduced to the great slow painful decline of love, and I was so shock at the amount of emotion the author puts in her words, and the fact that she was the narrator made every single syllable more powerful. I'm only a tiny bit speechless but in every good way there could be. Very happy to have had received this from NetGalley as an audiobook ARC.

  19. 5 out of 5

    elizabeth aylward

    This book was made up of vulnerable poetry, centered around love, heartbreak, and longing. There were definitely a few poems that really spoke to me, and were beautifully written. All of the poems were about a guy though, and I hoped for more variety. The poems felt like they were meant to be viewed by a select group of people, not necessarily then readers, and it was hard to get an inside look at the meaning of them. Thank you to net galley for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest This book was made up of vulnerable poetry, centered around love, heartbreak, and longing. There were definitely a few poems that really spoke to me, and were beautifully written. All of the poems were about a guy though, and I hoped for more variety. The poems felt like they were meant to be viewed by a select group of people, not necessarily then readers, and it was hard to get an inside look at the meaning of them. Thank you to net galley for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Anwen Hayward

    (ARC received via Netgalley) I really didn't get on with this one, and I wish so much that I could've. This just doesn't work for me as written poetry at all. There's no attention paid to rhythm or rhyme, the phrasing is clunky and awkward and often juvenile (the amount of times the word 'freaking' was used made me cringe) and all the emotions are so surface level that I just didn't feel anything. There's no depth of feeling or language here. It was like reading a stranger's diary. As for the str (ARC received via Netgalley) I really didn't get on with this one, and I wish so much that I could've. This just doesn't work for me as written poetry at all. There's no attention paid to rhythm or rhyme, the phrasing is clunky and awkward and often juvenile (the amount of times the word 'freaking' was used made me cringe) and all the emotions are so surface level that I just didn't feel anything. There's no depth of feeling or language here. It was like reading a stranger's diary. As for the structure, I liked the idea of having interims where the poet talked confessionally about how the poems came to be and gave some context to each of them, but in actuality they were just repetitive, jarring and read like filler to make up for the fact that there weren't enough poems to warrant a collection. It felt like a missed opportunity. I can absolutely see how these poems might have been cathartic for the author, and I can see how they would possibly work in a slam context, with the atmosphere and the author's delivery giving the emotional weight to the poems that the words themselves don't quite convey on the page, but this just doesn't work as a collection of poetry for me. Perhaps it could have been pruned and published as a chapbook, or as an accompaniment to one of the poet's shows, but not in this format.

  21. 5 out of 5

    mike f.

    this was amazing! such a stunning book with such beautiful poems inside. i didn't expect to like this book as much as i did, since it was so short and i read it in under an hour; however, i LOVED IT!!! the metaphors were spot on and i've been DYING for a book with a cohesive and ongoing storyline, and this was it! thank you so much from the bottom of my heart tarriona, this was an excellent collection!! this was amazing! such a stunning book with such beautiful poems inside. i didn't expect to like this book as much as i did, since it was so short and i read it in under an hour; however, i LOVED IT!!! the metaphors were spot on and i've been DYING for a book with a cohesive and ongoing storyline, and this was it! thank you so much from the bottom of my heart tarriona, this was an excellent collection!!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Allison

    I don’t usually read poetry, but I loved this. The feeling of being in a toxic relationship was described perfectly and it was the epitome of “we 👏🏻 are 👏🏻 not 👏🏻 rehabs 👏🏻 for 👏🏻 broken 👏🏻 men 👏🏻”

  23. 4 out of 5

    Doreen

    So you know how operas are transcendent experiences, with the music and the singing and the acting (well, sometimes the acting) coming together to create a wondrous whole that you can't stop thinking about or humming for days? But then you get it into your head to look up the lyrics you've been singing and you're like "oh no, what is this?" Because the big aria is basically the singer repeating "I am dying! I am dying!" while the hero goes "You are dying! Oh no, you are dying!" and it all sudden So you know how operas are transcendent experiences, with the music and the singing and the acting (well, sometimes the acting) coming together to create a wondrous whole that you can't stop thinking about or humming for days? But then you get it into your head to look up the lyrics you've been singing and you're like "oh no, what is this?" Because the big aria is basically the singer repeating "I am dying! I am dying!" while the hero goes "You are dying! Oh no, you are dying!" and it all suddenly seems so banal in comparison with all the majesty and romance of the production, such so that you're resolved never to read a libretto again? Well, it can be like that with slam poetry too. Tarriona Ball is a brilliant performer, whether on her own or with her band Tank And The Bangas. Slam poetry, her forte, is as much about repetition and elocution and performance as opera is, gaining much needed emotional nuance from the choices of the performer as from the words themselves. You can compare the basis for the excellent song Boxes And Squares (the first track in the video I linked to above) with the poem For the Body, for the Heart included in this collection. The poem provides the (ironically prosaic) bones that the brilliant track hangs from, like a hanger that shows off a gorgeous dress. Doesn't matter whether the hanger is padded or velvet tho, it's still just a hanger, and nothing compared to what it supports. And that's the trouble with this collection, at least in it's written version: it's just scaffolding. It's there. It's fine. The poems Be Bee and Adam show potential for being silently readable, and the pieces of short prose are engaging, but everything else reads as if it needs more, whether expansion into longer essays or Ms Ball's inimitable voice to give the words life. Please don't tell me that all poetry needs to be read aloud to be properly appreciated: I can love words on the page without hearing them said in my ear. But I do think that, if given the chance, you should experience this collection in audiobook form. Ms Ball narrates that, which I'm sure does far more for this poetry than my simple interpretation -- guided entirely by what's on the page, because I am here to read and receive, not to inject my own overtones or fillips -- could possibly do. One advantage the printed book has over the audiobook tho is Shonte Young Williams' lovely artwork, drawn and colored in neo-pop fashion to perfectly illustrate the contents of this slim volume. Tho for all I know, the art comes in the audiobook jacket as well: I have very little experience with audiobooks and even less interest in expanding same. What I do know is that this book is more of a showcase for Ms Young Williams' works than for Ms Ball's words, which is a shame, as both are emerging Black artists who deserve widespread recognition for their talent. As with most singers and performers, tho, I'd much rather watch Ms Ball perform than read her lyrics or poems. This book is great for fans, but I'd strongly recommend becoming one by watching her performances first. Vulnerable AF by Tarriona Ball was published June 8 2021 by Andrews McMeel Publishing and is available from all good booksellers, including Bookshop!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jonathan David Pope

    I fell in love with Tank and the Bangas after their Tiny Desk Concert. I listen to “Rollercoasters” at least once a day. Tarriona is really what brings them together, her whimsy, her vocal inflections, and alternation between singing and powerhouse slam poetry style delivery on tracks. You get glimpses of that in “Vulnerable AF”, however, these moments sometimes feel few and far between. Many of the poems are short, which isn’t always a sure sign of whether or not something will be good when it I fell in love with Tank and the Bangas after their Tiny Desk Concert. I listen to “Rollercoasters” at least once a day. Tarriona is really what brings them together, her whimsy, her vocal inflections, and alternation between singing and powerhouse slam poetry style delivery on tracks. You get glimpses of that in “Vulnerable AF”, however, these moments sometimes feel few and far between. Many of the poems are short, which isn’t always a sure sign of whether or not something will be good when it comes to poetry, however Tank really shines when she delivers a full narrative— like in the second to last piece “Adam”, and familiar pieces like “Damaged Merchandise (Walmart)”. I had very high expectations with this one, being so familiar with Tank’s musical work, so I hope that if she goes this route again we can get poems that are a bit more full. There is an audiobook version of ‘Vulnerable AF”, which I ended up listening to. I needed to hear this collection in Tank’s voice, which was enjoyable.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Ray’Chaunia Bell

    I was captured by the first page, “a collection of poems so that I can remember…and forget.” I think that’s a perfect definition for healing. It’s so hard to critique poetry because it’s like critiquing somebody’s innermost thoughts and how could those ever be wrong? I love how I could feel that these were words that needed to be spoken at a certain point in her life. Most of the poems were super short, but I wasn’t bothered by that. It was a measure of what was on her mind at the time. I hope s I was captured by the first page, “a collection of poems so that I can remember…and forget.” I think that’s a perfect definition for healing. It’s so hard to critique poetry because it’s like critiquing somebody’s innermost thoughts and how could those ever be wrong? I love how I could feel that these were words that needed to be spoken at a certain point in her life. Most of the poems were super short, but I wasn’t bothered by that. It was a measure of what was on her mind at the time. I hope she writes more!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Valerity (Val)

    I liked this first experience with slam poetry written by Tarriona Ball. I was looking for something different from my usual reads, and this fit the bill. It came through for me as a heartfelt sharing of the author’s previous relationship. Now I’m curious to read more of this type of poetry to see other examples of it. Advance electronic review copy was provided by NetGalley, author Tarriona Ball, and the publisher.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Andrea Pole

    Vulnerable AF by Tarriona "Tank" Ball is a raw, unfiltered debut that is immensely relatable. The collection of prose is witty, honest, and speaks directly to the process of experiencing infatuation and love, while at the same time remaining in touch with the truest version of ourselves. Ultimately, this collection as a whole is uplifting, empowering, and painfully truthful, and I would not hesitate to recommend it to anyone who wishes to introduce themselves to slam poetry. Many thanks to NetGal Vulnerable AF by Tarriona "Tank" Ball is a raw, unfiltered debut that is immensely relatable. The collection of prose is witty, honest, and speaks directly to the process of experiencing infatuation and love, while at the same time remaining in touch with the truest version of ourselves. Ultimately, this collection as a whole is uplifting, empowering, and painfully truthful, and I would not hesitate to recommend it to anyone who wishes to introduce themselves to slam poetry. Many thanks to NetGalley and Andrews McMeel Publishing for an ARC.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Cherlynn (cherreading)

    I didn't really enjoy this as it felt more like random journal entries than poetry. A lot of the poems felt like the same rant over and over again about some jerk who broke the writer's heart. Not a bad book, just not for me. I didn't really enjoy this as it felt more like random journal entries than poetry. A lot of the poems felt like the same rant over and over again about some jerk who broke the writer's heart. Not a bad book, just not for me.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Kelsay

    *I received a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.* I really enjoyed this collection of poetry. The author narrated the audiobook, and I loved it. I found the poetry very relatable, and the rhythm and tone of the audio flowed really well. I also liked the style of the collection and how the sections are broken up. It came through on audio, which isn’t always the case, and it worked with the content.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Tiffany

    This was a raw, beautiful collection of poetry on love, being in love, being out of love, and learning about love. I enjoyed each poem. The pieces that stood pot to be were “Back up, Bish”, “Postpone”, “For the Body, for the Heart”, and “Glare”. There is something for any and everyone who has ever been in a relationship in this collection.

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