March 18, 2018

Review: 2Fish: (a poetry book) by Jhené Aiko Efuru Chilombo


Grammy nominated singer/songwriter Jhené Aiko Efuru Chilombo has developed and refined a method of emoting through writing. 2Fish is a collection of intimate poems (and a few short stories) written by Chilombo from adolescence to adulthood, in no particular order. The book details Chilombo’s thoughts in their most raw and honest form taken directly from a collection of notebooks she has kept since age 12.

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I have been a huge fan of Jhene Aiko’s since for years, and years, and when I first saw 2Fish in stores, I knew that I had to pick it up. The collection of short stories and poetry were so personal to their author and honestly changed the way that I view an artist who I’ve respected, and looked up to, since I was young. Everything about 2Fish was intimate, beautiful, and raw. This was a book that made me emotional. It was fantastic.

The content in 2Fish looks at Jhene’s experiences with substance abuse, the loss of her brother, her past romances, and past experiences in her life. There are a lot of hand-written notes in the poetry book of familiar lyrics that she’s written—and anyone who listens to her music would quickly recognize them, including references to songs from her latest album Trip. I found that 2Fish was so well-thought out and honest. It was absolutely, stunningly beautiful.

Jhene’s talent with words are evident throughout 2Fish. There were so many poems that ripped out my heart, and made me so emotional. Her writing was beyond relatable, especially when it came to the poems she wrote about her late-brother. The way she describes the relationship between she and her brother perfectly describes the relationships, and emotions, shared between siblings. The poem ‘43Fish’ brought me to tears (after reading it I was crying until I was finished the book). There is just so much emotional depth to 2Fish that help to make it such a worthwhile reading experience.

I would recommend 2Fish to readers who are fans of Jhene’s music. To any readers who are looking for a heartfelt and emotional poetry book, this is the read for you. To any readers who want a poetry book that is raw and real, you won’t want to put this one down.



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