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  • I have long been a massive fan of Warsan Shire's extraordinarily gifted poetry. Her exquisite, memorable and finely-tuned poems articulate a depth of experience that never fails to surprise and profoundly move me, as she so powerfully gives voice to the unspoken

    Bernardine Evaristo
  • An incredible collection

    Candice Carty-Williams, Stylist
  • Shire invokes the creative powers of the writer to transform one's past... Vital, moving and courageous, this is a debut not to be missed

    Mary Jean Chan, 'The best recent poetry' - Guardian
  • It is absolutely astonishing how much emotion, intelligence, imagination, and truth Warsan Shire can get into one collection. She is a poet of the highest order, with a compassionate heart, and a limitless mind

    Benjamin Zephaniah
  • Must-read poetry from the superstar Somali-British writer Warsan Shire

    Stylist
  • Warsan Shire is an expert sculptor. She molds words into clay, her poems into statues-each one a wonder that I return to, in reverence. Because in every line, every curve is an invitation to see differently what has been deemed ugly or difficult.This book is the art gallery I've yearned to visit

    Vivek Shraya, author of I’m Afraid of Men
  • Read these candid and revelatory poems to wrap your arms tight around the certainty of your own fracture, to acknowledge the many places and many ways your body has succumbed to violation and only fitfully healed. Read them to know your whole muscled self as a vessel for grief, and to bask in the stuttered lyric of its story. Beauty is maddeningly elusive, but it does exist. It's here in these lines, bursting brilliant, reshaping the story

    Patricia Smith, author of Incendiary Art

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