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bone Paperback – September 26, 2017
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“Yrsa’s work is like holding the truth in your hands. It sweats and breathes before you. A glorious living thing.”
—Florence Welch, of Florence + the Machine
“yrsa daley-ward’s bone is a symphony of breaking and mending. this whole book is an ache. and a balm. daley-ward effortlessly mines the bone. the diamond from the difficult. the things that are too bright and taboo. she lays her hands on the pulse of the thing. and gives wide air to the epic realities of women. the unfamiliar. the familiar. sexuality. poverty. sex work. sadness. joy. damage. and restoration. assigning them all the grace. all the nurturing. and all the love they deserve. an expert storyteller. of the rarest. and purest kind—daley-ward is uncannily attentive and in tune to the things beneath life. beneath the skin. beneath the weather of the everyday. her poetry and prose are intimate and distant. sonorous and staunch. delicate and metal. unwilling to yield and wondrously supple. daley-ward’s extraordinary talent. ability. to both see and write the veins of the true life. the true lives. is a gift. a breath.”
—nayyirah waheed, author of salt. and nejma
“[Daley-Ward] has a knack for getting directly to a story’s heat-point, and once there, to distill the emotions within it down to a line or two. . . . [An] impressive debut.”
—Hanif Abdurraqib, The Atlantic
“Who decided that only a picture can paint a thousand words? . . . [Daley-Ward] examines the alchemy between mind and body—with subjects ranging from trauma to hunger to desire.”
“[bone is], first and foremost, about being human, but [it] also thoughtfully, skillfully, and pissed-off-edly dive[s] into the complexities of race in our new world.”
“[bone is] the one poetry book every young Black girl will appreciate for the holidays. . . . [With] poems that touch the heart, question societal norms and talk about the complexity of sexuality, [Yrsa Daley-Ward] has a book of great depth.”
“Another stunning excavator of human heat and light, Yrsa Daley-Ward goes straight to the messy beating heart of animal attraction with bone, mesmerizing poems that strip bare the pain and beauty of negotiating longing, sex and love.”
“The perfect title for a book that looks for that hard place between the will and the flesh. . . . bone is a bounty of passionate and pained lines, narrators whose hearts have been turned, twisted, and sometimes stomped, but who remain open and willing—because how else could we live?”
—The Millions, “Must-Read Poetry”
“bone opens with a small explosion. . . . The poems that follow pick up the dual meaning...of threat and of erotic desire. Often, the two are intertwined. . . . Excellent.”
—The Paris Review (Staff Picks)
“Daley-Ward has become a powerful voice of Black womanhood, speaking of her experiences and wisdom gleaned from growing up as a first-generation British woman of African and Caribbean heritage.”
“Inspiringly relatable, Yrsa’s poetry voices the acknowledgement and validity. The transparency of exposed darkness is clothed in pretty, but still effective, verses that pack empowering womanly sass.”
—Saint Heron, “14 Books to Add to Your Library”
“[Yrsa Daley-Ward] is at the realm of a new wave of contemporary poets who inspire an unprecedented level of empathy and accessibility through their honest and raw approach. . . . [A] powerful collection of a woman facing tumultuous inner and external battles head on, delivered with a hard-hitting directness, yet with inflections of optimism throughout that are bound to touch readers to their core.”
“The actor, author, model, and poet draws from her own experiences as well as issues affecting today’s society throughout her work and is truly a storyteller (‘some tall, some dark’) of the soul.”
“You’ll want this one on your bookshelf.”
About the Author
Yrsa Daley-Ward is a writer and poet of mixed West Indian and West African heritage. Born to a Jamaican mother and a Nigerian father, Yrsa was raised by her devout Seventh Day Adventist grandparents in the small town of Chorley in the North of England. She splits her time between London and Los Angeles.
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Yrsa Daley-Ward does not mince words. She goes at it head-on. It doesn't mean that her poetry is pure tell and no show because it isn't. She's able to paint an imagery that would be vivid in your mind and fierce in your heart. I repeatedly had to roll over my bed because I had to pause reading and just soak it in.
Her poems on mental illness are bookmarked and highlighted in my Kindle. In fact, I bookmarked a handful of poems and highlighted several passages too. There was simple beauty in her succinctness, yet it slowly pierces through the heart.
The collection's pretty short and features some prose of hers too. I read it in less than an hour, I think? It's a good way to pass the time and just relish the waves of anger, love, hope, lonesomeness, and all these other emotions wash upon you.
"The worst thing about somebody who betrays you, somebody who turns out to be a completely different person to whom you first thought, is the love that you still feel in your heart for them, embedded so deeply into the narrow spaces of yourself that you cannot access it to try and remove it."
Also, don't listen to the comment about putting that basic plagiarizing bish Rupi Kaur with Daley-Ward/Nayyirah Waheed. What an insult.
This is a raw compilation. The title does this book justice.
Completely stripped bare for the readers.
I could tell the author wrote of what she knew. I felt her in each piece, humming under the current of the words poured onto the pages.
She is talented, however, I related to very few of these. There were lines and sections and poems I completely adored. Then there were others that left me thinking, “Wait, what?” Sometimes I honestly could not follow her train of thought.
Another problem I had was that she seemed to be on again, off again with punctuation. Some poets like punctuation, others don’t, but at least pick a side.
With my minor frustrations, this was still a good book to read. Parts were even great. So great, in fact, that I’d say the book as a whole is worth it. The feels were powerful, even if I couldn’t fully relate to them.
But beside that, this is yet another poetry book. Although, don't be fooled , there are some poems that are actually flash fiction, short stories. It's really up to you to decide if it's poetry or not. I consider it poetry and prose poetry.
Ward delves into short stories, flash fiction. Flash fiction is sort of a poetry form itself, since it needs to form a scene, but a writer has to struggle to write words in the most claustrophobic of spaces, the shortest breathes. some of them are good at it and they write in one inhale and exhale.
That is the writing for Bone, it chronicles scenes of family breaking apart, snippet by snippet. Our mental walls cracking as society's sharp objects, racism and sexism, the prejudices of others and our own selves, peeling us flake by flake, till we are nothing but a bone. But bones are hard, but they contain nerves, which are sensitive.
Bone is poetry for those who feel like ending it all, who feel that their skin color, their language, their whole being is worthless. Because we may seem hard on the outside, but yet sensitive. There is so much we can take in, so much that we let it congest our insides. But this sounds like something that has been repeated too much, but her writing just feels so real, yet delicate enough not to hurt you too much, not to stab you too many times. She is a very special writer, one that is quite rare. I actually find myself wanting to read her words over and over again. It's a special gift, when you can craft words that can be engraved in everyone's skin, gently, with little pieces of love and hope sewn in.
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