Local poet's journey takes her from victim to survivor

Have you ever wondered how much skin is on the human body?

It’s about 18 square feet, says poet R. MonaLeza. And the human body is constantly shedding and regrowing this skin; it’s constantly changing.

That’s why the author has named her latest book of self-published poetry, which focuses on her struggle to overcome emotional trauma, changing her thought processes, and her banishment of negative thoughts and ideas, Rejecting 18 Square Feet. The poems focus on themes that she often explores in her work: domestic violence, rape culture and misogynistic behavior in society.