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About the Author

Warsan Shire is a Kenyan-born Somali poet and writer who is based in London. Born in 1988, she is an artist and activist who uses her work to document narratives of journey and trauma. Warsan has read her work internationally, including recent readings in South Africa, Italy and Germany, and her poetry has been translated into Italian, Spanish and Portuguese.
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Product Details

  • Series: Mouthmark
  • Paperback: 38 pages
  • Publisher: flipped eye publishing limited (December 29, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905233299
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905233298
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (91 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,465 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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25 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Noreen on February 10, 2012
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I read this far too quickly, I was eager. I suggest you, next reader, take it slowly, savour it.

Her words come from a place of visceral, raw emotion.

It's quiet at times, loud in others. It carries an uncompromising honesty.

I couldn't keep it in my possession, I had to share it, I gave it to someone else who could be transported as I was.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By dansully on January 8, 2013
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This is a great collection of poems from a talented young writer. I stumbled across one of her poems online and immediately sought out her chapbook here. Warsan Shire's writing is elegant, powerful, and makes me uncomfortable in the best ways. On rare occasions, I find art that fills me up. Sometimes, it is with rage, at others it is with guilt, or joy, or inspiration. This is one of those books that makes me feel. All of those things. And more. Read this book. Read these poems.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By JB on March 10, 2013
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I can't even begin to describe it. Essential life reading. This is something you must experience. Also do yourself the favor of searching online for her other works.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Alicia A on June 1, 2013
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Warsan Shire always delivers and Teaching My Mother How To Give Birth was no exception. So glad I purchased this.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By maryshelagh on October 26, 2013
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I would recommend everyone read this collection. It is heartbreaking and hopeful, and I can't reread it often enough. I first found her work through tumblr and when this book was published, I rushed to order it. Devouring it was cathartic and my only regret is that I did not slow myself down for the first readthrough.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Azucena on November 15, 2012
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I wish it was a bit longer, I read it in one sitting. It was a simple and amazing little book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ly on March 10, 2014
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My favorite ones are Conversations About Home and Ugly. Warsan Shire has the most amazing way of expressing the beauty of desperate pain and agony. Breast cancer, rape, war, displacement, belonging, she muses the pains that mothers and daughters feel in such a breathtaking flow of language.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie J. Schmeck on October 21, 2013
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This book didn't contain any of the poetry I thought it would. I was disappointed because I had hoped the stuff I read online was in there, and none of it was. I love the way she writes, but don't really care for the content in this particular book. The other stuff I read was about relationships, etc.
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