Tears for Water In Tears for Water singer-songwriter Alicia Keys writes verse that's not as hilariously bad as that of fellow VH1 chanteuse Jewel; still, her work would… Tears for Water In Tears for Water singer-songwriter Alicia Keys writes verse that's not as hilariously bad as that of fellow VH1 chanteuse Jewel; still, her work would… 2004-11-04 Fiction Poetry Putnam
Book Review

Tears for Water (2004)

EW's GRADE
C

Details Release Date: Nov 04, 2004; Writer: Alicia Keys; Genres: Fiction, Poetry; Publisher: Putnam

In Tears for Water singer-songwriter Alicia Keys writes verse that's not as hilariously bad as that of fellow VH1 chanteuse Jewel; still, her work would not pass muster in an introductory writing course at a four-year college. She's roughly on the level of Maya Angelou. Thus, the patient reader winces mildly at flat laments about alienation (''Sometimes I feel/like I don't belong anywhere'') and emotional reticence (''I'm a prisoner/Of words unsaid/Just lonely feelings/Locked away in my head'' ) — poems sometimes followed by Keys' own explanations of their ''meanings.'' Serviceable metric patterns are as scarce as vivid images, or signs of shame.

Originally posted Nov 05, 2004 Published in issue #791 Nov 05, 2004 Order article reprints