Because I Knew is a heartfelt collection of poems reflecting the many aspects of a woman's life: from being tutored in the fine art of being a woman by her mother, to becoming a mother herself. Modeste also lays bare her emotions when writing aboutimmigration, identity, and loss.

Phthalo blue is a collection of poetry, ranging from rhythmic riffs on Bronx life to indictments against racism and other social ills. It will take the reader on a ride that moves faster than an uptown express train, and sill make unexpected stops that will catch you by surprise.