This inspiring debut is shockingly necessary in this day and age. The exploration of female strength is both spare and evocative, as it exposes the truth of what young women can go through in their lives. Joy McCullough composed this timely verse in a way that is fresh and relevant, paying homage to the horrors that were experienced by Baroque painter Artemisia Gentileschi and the strength of Biblical heroines. Artemisia’s voice is both real and modern, making it completely accessible, and will follow you through the power it demands. Blood Water Paint reads as though it were whispered in confession, yet its stories should now be spread to anyone who wishes to experience raw and haunting history.