- Series: Mouthmark
- Paperback: 38 pages
- Publisher: flipped eye publishing limited; Mouthmark edition (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: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (243 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,012 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Teaching My Mother How to Give Birth (Mouthmark) Paperback – December 29, 2011
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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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Top Customer Reviews
While I learned of her voice through "Lemonade", I'd suggest that Beyonce could not have included a better creator than Shire to include and give true depth of connection to her video.
Warsan Shire has one of those poetic voices that stir instead of soothe. These poems will linger and hover around you and in your subconscious for days, weeks, and years to come. There are some lines that kick and punch others that pinch. These are poems that inspire and empower.
These are a few lines from some of my favorite poems from this collection:
"What is she hungry for?"
"Anything that leaves her mouth sounds like sex. Our mother has banned her from saying God's name."
"...her hands are a civil war, a refugee camp behind each ear,..."
My absolute favorite was the last and shortest of the collection, "In Love and In War." I read these poems in one sitting. I plan on reading them over and over and over again.
My only complaint is my favorite poem by her was not included in this book!!!! Why is it not in there?! I bought this book because I love this poem by her. This is why I took off a star. It's called 34 Excuses for Why We Failed at Love:
in this book
It's like LIFE: full of the good, the Bad & the UGLY.
BUT a whole LOT of good is in this.