Summary (Magill's Survey of American Literature, Revised Edition)
Ai’s poetry is forthright and pulls no punches. Her characters are murderers, child molesters, rapists, and prostitutes, types of people most readers do not like to think about and most writers do not address. Life is not necessarily pretty, and Ai shows the ugliest parts of it. While readers might not like to admit that the people Ai talks about exist, her work makes them impossible to ignore.