All That She Can
by Kali Rose Schmidt
All That She Can is a collection of poetry that encompasses motherhood, family history, what it means to be a woman today—and the lust inside of us all. All That She Can tells the story of love, betrayal, passion, and rage. It explores themes of family while acknowledging the complexity of familial ties; it reaches into grasping the twisted nature of mental health; and it documents the contradictory feelings of elation and rejection that often arise within romantic relationships.
About the Author
Kali Rose Schmidt is a Canadian-American writer and poet from North Carolina currently living in Toronto with her two children, three stepchildren, one husband, and a very large, shaggy dog named Henry. Kali frequently alternates between writing and fitness coaching, between working her mind and her body, and is a certified yoga teacher. She has work published in a variety of journals, including Huffington Post and Moonchild Magazine. She earned her BA in English from Campbell University.
Her first publicly shared poem was written in 5th grade, about her thoughts on 9/11. Her second published work was an underground newsletter written in defiance of the new administration in her high school in 2008, delivered in clandestine places like the school bathrooms and cafeteria. The local news got involved. She hasn’t stepped away from cultural commentary and controversy since.
When not writing or dabbling in fitness, Kali can be found drinking enormous iced-coffees, attempting to teach her children yoga, lounging outside on a sunny day, or hopping on an airplane.
What They’re Saying…
All That She Can is a peek inside a half-closed window shade of romance, reality and regret. Kali writes with unforgiving honesty and guts and I like that. A good poet makes the reader feel the pain and the pleasure and Kali gives us that on every page. These are poems you don’t walk away from…you limp. These are stories that leave you bruised…but smiling.
~ Todd Cirillo
author of Burning the Evidence