kelsey rakes never meant to write a book of poetry, but she sort of did. her first published collection is unabashed, uninhibited, unafraid, and unforgettable. she writes about death, sex, and mental disorders as easily as she writes about getting haircuts and sparkly tiaras. this volume was conceived after finally conquering her fear of sharks and of dying alone. kelsey rakes currently studies english and spanish at the university of virginia, and after graduation she plans to join the circus and write some more about haircuts. her life is a constant work in progress.