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Bless the Daughter Raised by a Voice in Her Head

Warsan Shire

Published: 10th of March 2022 The debut collection from the voice of a generation – Beyoncé-annointed poet Warsan Shire. 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. Publisher: Penguin ISBN: 9781784743703
LoveMyRead price: £12.99

Our Curators said...

The poet Warsan Shire was sampled by Beyonce in her Lemonade album. Her work speaks powerfully to the female experience and what it is to be dislocated - from home, from country and from one's own body. She's also just an incredible person - I did a How To Fail episode with her and was struck by the depth and originality of her thought.

Elizabeth Day

- Elizabeth Day

What the Critics are Saying

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

Bernadine Evaristo

An incredible collection

Candice Carty Williams

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