A Night Without Armor
I have been a HUGE fan of Jewel's since high school, c. 1995. I purchased this book when it was published in 1999. Sadly, it got lost some time ago during one of our many moves. I love Jewel's honest voice and how she plays with words to bring depth and richness to her ideas.
Today, I just finished listening to the audiobook version of A Night Without Armor, which is read by Jewel. I highly recommend listening to her read her poetry. Her voice lilts and deepens, and her dry, understated humor all make the words dazzle the ear. After years of listening to her music, reading her books (most recently, Never Broken: Songs are Only Half the Story), and growing up in general, I understand her poems so much better. They are beautiful for the truths and observations Jewel catches in the world around her. They evoke sadness and longing while her wit shines in the happier poems.
Read or listen to these poems slowly. Enjoy the sketches included in the book. Rewind your audiobook if you're listening. This collection is a pleasure best taken in small bits at a time.