Album Review: ANTI Album Art

These are the poems in Braille on the "ANTI" cover. Rihanna teamed up with Roy Nachum (for the artwork) and Chloe Mitchell (for the poetry). Read my "ANTI" review and click below to read the poems.

Front & back cover image courtesy of
All other artwork is courtesy of
Poetry translation is courtesy of

"If They Let Us Part 1"
I sometimes fear that I am misunderstood.
It is simply because what I want to say, 
what I need to say, won't be heard. 
Heard in a way I so rightfully deserve.
What I choose to say is of so much substance 
That people just won't understand the depth of my message.
So my voice is not my weakness, 
It is the opposite of what others are afraid of. 

"If They Let Us Part 2"
My voice is my suit and armor,
My shield, and all that I am.
I will comfortably breath in it, until I find the moment to be silent.
I live loudly in my mind, so many hours of the day. 
The world is pin drop sound compared to the boom 
That thumps and bumps against the walls of my cranium.
I live it and love it and despise it and I am entrapped in it. 
So being misunderstood, I am not offended by the gesture, but honored. 
If they let us...

"FIRE Part I"
Falling fast backwards into deep water.
As my eyes opened I knew that I was naked.
Floating on the waters surface.
Alone with the reflections of myself.
Only then am I whole.

"FIRE Part II"
My face in deep shadows.
Dreams and ideas beyond limits.
The future is all I have to look forward to.
I turn myself inside out.

Clouds replace the sunlight.
Expanding into the darkness.
The shoreline covered with night.
Backward strokes,
Deep breaths, salt air.