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Bless the Daughter Raised by a Voice in Her Head: Poems

Bless the Daughter Raised by a Voice in Her Head: Poems

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Poems of migration, womanhood, trauma, and resilience from the celebrated collaborator on Beyoncé's Lemonade and Black Is King, award-winning Somali British poet Warsan Shire

"The beautifully crafted poems in this collection are fiercely tender gifts."--Roxane Gay, author of Bad Feminist and Hunger

ONE OF THE MOST ANTICIPATED BOOKS OF 2022--Vogue, BuzzFeed, Esquire, Bustle, Essence, The Week, Lit Hub

Mama, I made it / out of your home / alive, raised by / the voices / in my head.

With her first full-length poetry collection, Warsan Shire introduces us to a young girl, who, in the absence of a nurturing guide, makes her own way toward womanhood. Drawing from her own life, 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. In Shire's hands, lives spring into fullness. This is noisy life, full of music and weeping and surahs and sirens and birds. This is fragrant life, full of blood and perfume and shisha smoke and jasmine and incense. This is polychrome life, full of henna and moonlight and lipstick and turmeric and kohl. The long-awaited collection from one of our most exciting contemporary poets, this book is a blessing, an incantatory celebration of resilience and survival. Each reader will come away changed.

Author: Warsan Shire
Publisher: Random House Trade
Published: 03/01/2022
Pages: 96
Binding Type: Paperback
Weight: 0.28lbs
Size: 8.80h x 5.40w x 0.50d
ISBN: 9780593134351

About the Author
Warsan Shire is a Somali British writer and poet. She was awarded the inaugural African Poetry Prize, served as the first Young Poet Laureate of London, is the author of two chapbooks, Teaching My Mother How to Give Birth and Her Blue Body, and is the youngest ever member of the Royal Society of Literature. She provided the poetry for the Peabody Award-winning visual album Lemonade and Black Is King in collaboration with Beyoncé Knowles-Carter.

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