Warsan Shire

Bless the Daughter Raised by a Voice in Her Head
  • Bless the Daughter Raised by a Voice in Her Head

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    'Warsan Shire is an extraordinarily gifted poet whose profoundly moving poems so powerfully give voice to the unspoken' Bernardine Evaristo


    'Vital, moving and courageous, this is a debut not to be missed' Guardian
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    Poems of migration, womanhood, trauma and resilience from the award-winning Somali British poet Warsan Shire, celebrated collaborator on Beyoncé's Lemonade and Black Is King.

    With her first full-length poetry collection, Warsan Shire introduces us to a girl who, in the absence of a nurturing guide, makes her own stumbling way toward womanhood. Drawing from her own life and the lives of loved ones, as well as pop culture and news headlines, Shire finds vivid, unique details in the experiences of refugees and immigrants, mothers and daughters, Black women and teenage girls. These are noisy lives, full of music and weeping and surahs. These are fragrant lives, full of blood and perfume and jasmine. These are polychrome lives, full of moonlight and turmeric and kohl.

    The long-awaited collection from one of our most exciting contemporary poets is a blessing, an incantatory celebration of survival. Each reader will come away changed.

    'Warsan Shire electrifies... The beautifully crafted poems in this collection are fiercely tender gifts' Roxane Gay

Malika Booker (Author) Malika Booker is a British writer of Guyanese and Grenadian parentage. Her pamphlet, Breadfruit, was published by flipped eye in 2007, and her Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry Prize-winning collection, Pepper Seed, followed in 2013 from Peepal Tree. She has written for the stage and radio. She was the first Poet in Residence at the Royal Shakespeare Company. Sharon Olds (Author) Sharon Olds was born in San Francisco. She was the New York State Poet Laureate from 1998 to 2000 and currently teaches at New York University. She has been involved with outreach writing workshops at hospitals for the physically challenged and for veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan. Her last collection, Stag's Leap, won the T.S. Eliot Prize and the 2013 Pulitzer Prize. Warsan Shire (Author) Warsan Shire is a Somali-British poet. She is the author of two poetry pamphlets, Teaching My Mother How To Give Birth (2011) and Her Blue Body (2015). In 2014 she was appointed as the inaugural Young Poet Laureate of London. In 2016 she collaborated on the film adaptation and poetry for Beyoncé Knowles-Carter's visual album Lemonade. She is currently working on her first full collection of poetry.

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