I've read this book so many times that I've memorized it from cover to cover. It's to the point where I don't even have to have the book to read it anymore. I can lay back and recite every single word of every poem in my head and revel in the talent that is Ani DiFranco and her poetry. If that doesn't say something about how good this book is, I don't know what will.
Some of these poems are ones that were made into song (Self-Evident, Coming Up, As Is, to name a few), so an Ani fan will recognize them. However, some of these poems are ones that I haven't found in song form that you can only read when you purchase this book. If you're an Ani fan you'll love the familiarity and also get excited about unreleased works. If you're new to Ani DiFranco, know that a lot of the poems you enjoy in this book have a song accompaniment that you can enjoy as well.
The book also features some of Ani's art, which is often related to the poem its placed next to. (In Not So Soft there's a line "I look up, it looks like the buildings are burning, but it's just the sun setting, the solar system calling an end to another business day" and the painting next to it is the image of the buildings "burning.") There's also some wacky drawings (such as aliens in a bathtub), and you'll find yourself liking the art work as much as the poetry.
This is a great book because of the different mediums of talent Ani possesses. Poetry, music, art. This book has everything. If you like poetry at all, get this book. The content of the poetry is a unique combination of politics, self-evidence, feminism, and love, and I've never read anything like it. Do yourself a favor and buy this book.