Pigtails and Curls strips innocence away from the school age years without losing its gentleness. Even in the face of devastation, abuse, and disaster there remains a softness, even at times an optimism. The poems have a heart beating within them despite the harsh subjects tackled by the words. There is a fragility in the poems, each one almost at the edge of shattering under the painful realities of life. The scope of subjects is wide, from death to image issues to dreams crashing, hearts breaking and figuring out how to accept one’s self as one is.