The Woman I Kept to Myself - Julia Alvarez I've enjoyed Julia Alvarez as a novelist, but I hadn't been aware she was also a poet. Julia's poetry reads more like prose, and its meaning is accessible even to those who aren't regular connoisseurs of poetry. This collection is a peek into her biography. She shares her frustrations and feelings of being stifled as an immigrant girl, and moves through her development as a woman and as a writer. I connect best with people through their sense of humor, so I enjoyed the way hers sneaks into her poetry. I love the way she references so many of her favorite poets within her own poems. She mentions everyone from Shakespeare and Keats to Billy Collins and Adrienne Rich. It's a nice way of paying tribute to those who have touched her throughout her life and influenced her own writing. She's even written a poem called I Dream of Allen Ginsberg.