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Bless the Daughter Raised by a Voice in Her Head by Warsan Shire

Bless the Daughter Raised by a Voice in Her Head

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Bless the Daughter Raised by a Voice in Her Head by Warsan Shire
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Mar 01, 2022 | ISBN 9780593134351

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“With her first full-length poetry collection, Bless the Daughter Raised by a Voice in Her Head, Warsan Shire electrifies. Her poems capture young Black womanhood, what it means to search for home in the world, what it means to inhabit a woman’s body, the tensions of reconciling faith and family and everything that threatens the borders of expectation and obligation. The beautifully crafted poems in this collection are fiercely tender gifts.”—Roxane Gay

“Warsan Shire’s fierce and compelling book of poems should come with a warning label: These poems will break your heart. Never has the phrase ‘Speak truth to power’ been truer. But Shire does more than speak truth; she sings truth and that is precisely her power. Her poems are incantations, chants, spells for our time and all time. They address the displacements and violence experienced by migrants, refugees, those in dark bodies and in female bodies. Where else to go for safety and salve but poetry? Souls so deep that no cruelty or injustice can drown their song. A warrior woman poet, Shire wields words as weapons of mass creation. It is a ‘war’ every reader will want to fight with her. And we do, by reading and rereading her poems.”—Julia Alvarez, author of In the Time of the Butterflies and Afterlife
 
“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 and Even This Page Is White

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