- Paperback: 258 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 8/25/13 edition (September 24, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1492238287
- ISBN-13: 978-1492238287
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.6 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 1,087 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,119 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I loved the book so much - I bought two more copies and gave to friends.
My daughter and I randomly choose a page each day and read to one another. 😃
What has been done with such tiny poems is breathtaking. They are whole cosmos exploding with meaning. Every poet interested in the micropoem form should read this refined, intense collection, which reflects topics as diverse as racism, childhood abandonment, bisexuality, gender, African-American identity, trauma and healing, writing, and love poems, all kinds of love, both bitter salt and honey sweet. It is one of the most accomplished collections I've ever read, far more than much of the collections by authors far more famous. At any price it is a masterclass lesson in form, as well as a deeply moving series of intimate essays. It's not easy. It's not spoon-fed. It is incredibly beautiful and will challenge non black readers, while also offering catharsis to some people of color, especially black women.
I haven't been this impressed with a poetry collection in a long time. I can't wait to see what is next from waheed and her poetry.
Hopefully I remember to update this review when I finish it - which I will, I'm certain - but for now, I LOVE IT.
like salt, nayyirah's raw, brutal, beautiful art nourishes and restores, brings out the flavors of humanity that i have banished or forgotten. helps me to remember, forgive, claim, and celebrate. her work is a touchstone for a more authentic and honorable civilization. gifts like this are rare, and so worth the wait.
The work by Nayyirah Waheed in her debut poetry collection Salt is necessary. It is a love letter. It is a map for the solitary journey of self-love for young and young at heart women of color. It provides the words that we have always needed to hear and from someone who looks like us. Nayyirah’s poetry is succinct, sweet, and dripping with softness. It expresses the type of raw, aching vulnerability that people yearn for.
I discovered Nayyirah Waheed’s poetry on social media like much of her fan base. I saw it everywhere, being reblogged, retweeted, reposted by fellow lovers of words and fell in love. After finding her profile on Instagram, at the time bursting with her poetry and beautiful interpretations of her work from her followers in the forms of photography and art, I was immediately sold. I purchased this collection, Salt, and her follow-up collection Nejma along with another collection that she recommended personally, Bone by Yrsa Daley-Ward, all at once and devoured each of them word by word.
Salt is a wonder, unfolding layer upon layer of gentle but critical commentary about race, diaspora, masculinity, and womanhood, and finally, freedom, all in deliberate form. The poetry in Salt comes together as a courageous body of work that dares readers to be eternally soft. These words have the ability to heal and affirm. This collection has been a regular part of my self-care since I picked it up last year. I am grateful for Salt and its familiarity and resonance. Anyone who reads her work will find a piece of themselves right in front of them. If it is possible to find a home in a poem, surely it is here. As she so eloquently puts into a poem titled “you”, “listen to my poems. but do not look for me. look for you”
Thank you Nayyirah.