I Hope This Finds You Well

I Hope This Finds You Well

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The author of the #1 New York Times bestseller What Kind of Woman returns with a collection of erasure poems created from notes she received from followers, supporters and detractors— a ritual that reclaims the vitriol from online trolls and inspires readers to transform what is ugly or painful in their own lives into something beautiful. 

“I'm sure you could benefit from jumping on a treadmill”

“Women WANT a male leader . . . It’s honest to god the basic human playbook”

These are some of the thousands of messages that Kate Baer has received online. Like countless other writers—particularly women—with profiles on the internet, as Kate’s online presence grew, so did the darker messages crowding her inbox. These missives from strangers have ranged from “advice” and opinions to outright harassment. 

At first, these messages resulted in an immediate delete and block. Until, on a whim, Kate decided to transform the cruelty into art, using it to create fresh and intriguing poems. These pieces, along with ones made from notes of gratitude and love, as well as from the words of public figures, have become some of her most beloved work.  

I Hope This Finds You Well is drawn from those works: a book of poetry birthed in the darkness of the internet that offers light and hope. By cleverly building on the harsh negativity and hate women often receive—and combining it with heartwarming messages of support, gratitude, and connection, Kate Baer offers us a lesson in empowerment, showing how we too can turn bitterness into beauty. 

Title:I Hope This Finds You Well
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780063137998
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    I Hope This Finds You Well Reviews

  • Kate Baer

    For anyone who posted a one star review before you read it, I wrote this book for you <3 ...

  • s.penkevich

    This whole book is such a flex and I am here for it. Poet Kate Baer returns after the wildly successful and wonderful What Kind of Woman: Poems with a collection of erasure poetry that finds inspirati...

  • Rebecca

    When I hope this finds you well was published earlier this year I knew it would be a must read for me. As expected, I devoured this collection in one sitting and continue to think about how creative, ...

  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader

    Quick thoughts: I Hope This Finds You Well is a slim collection of poetry at less than 80 pages with full on power. Kate Baer took another look at the erasing, dismissive, and angry online messages sh...

  • Bel Rodrigues

    "it's funny how men go aheadand have daughterseven thoughthey can't fathomwhat daughterscanbe."...

  • Julie Ehlers

    Book Four of my October poetry project! This is a book of erasure poems, a form I'm not too familar with, but I genuinely appreciated how Baer took some horribly toxic messages and turned them into so...

  • Dave Schaafsma

    “I’m sure you could benefit from jumping on a treadmill.”“Women WANT a male leader . . . It’s honest to god the basic human playbook.”I am kind of a fan of what is now being called “eras...

  • Jules KG

    I'm not a big reader of blackout poetry but I really did enjoy these poems. In my opinion, it is very tricky to write evocative poetry when limited to certain words in a certain order, but I think the...

  • Scottsdale Public Library

    This phenomenal collection of poems is unlike anything I have read before. As a published author with an online presence, Kate Baer is familiar with strangers on the internet and their hateful comment...

  • Brittney

    These erasure poems are so satisfying. Sometimes a rebuttal, sometimes an insight, always a delight. I'll admit I was skeptical of the premise because I don't love internet trolls, but yet again, fait...