If you are at home in bhakti, and you have a warm heart for the Goddess Kali, and you also love poetry, then this book may well be very welcome for you.
The texts in this book are 'in between' poems, songs and prayers, and were originally written by Ramprasad in 18th-century Bengal.
Lex Hixon did a good job and put these poems freely into clear, modern English.
It is clear Lex Hixon is familiar with the basic experiences of Ramprasad and there is clarity and power (sakti) shining through the lines.
Ramprasad was a sakta (primarily devoted to the Goddess, Devi) and his work was a source of inspiration for Ramakrishna, who lived about a century later. (Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna)
In Saktism the Mother-Goddess (Devi) is seen as the highest deity, also as Sakti (sort of 'cosmic energy personified').
Devi is known in many forms (like Durga, Kali, Parvati) and has a strong ambivalent character: benevolent and frightening, creating-preserving-destroying. (Devi: The Mother Goddess - An Introduction and Hindu Goddesses: Visions of the Divine Feminine in the Hindu Religious Tradition (Hermeneutics: Studies in the History of Religions))
In these poems the power and energy, the character and atmosphere of Ma Kali comes to the fore very well: dynamic, ambivalent, unbound, awe-inspiring, a-rational, untamable; at times fierce, turbulent, fiery, unpredictable, overwhelming, effective.
You have to like this kind of poems, but if you do so, then most poems in this book will be great and it will inspire in a pleasing and effective way.