salt. Paperback – September 24, 2013
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- Publisher : CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 8/25/13 edition (September 24, 2013)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 275 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1492238287
- ISBN-13 : 978-1492238287
- Item Weight : 10 ounces
- Dimensions : 5 x 0.69 x 8 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #22,967 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The cover has indeed changed and the first few pages contain new content, but after researching around a bit I see that this is intentional. Waheed seems to be re-branding her old works, as seen on her website and her Instagram.
So any other buyers with similar concerns, please rest assured that while you might not be getting the exact same book as you would have a year ago, you are very much still getting Nayyirah Waheed's absolutely phenomenal work.
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.
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.
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. 😃
Hopefully I remember to update this review when I finish it - which I will, I'm certain - but for now, I LOVE IT.
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salt. reminded me just how much I love poetry. How, for the duration of the time I'm spent reading, I'm transported to a place of calm, of awe, of joy. It reminded me of the beauty that can be found in words, had me itching to write something beautiful myself. It reminded me how words have power, and how just a few words can have a profound impact, or bring about change.
I was blown away by Waheed's strength to use her voice, her poetry, to talk about difficult topics, to force the reader to face the truth, leaving no place to hide. But there is also a vulnerability to her poetry, a vulnerability that takes great courage to share with the world.
I was blown away by Waheed's words. I loved salt. so much, I will buying myself a physical copy to flick through and quickly find my favourites when I need them. And I am so looking forward to reading her second book, Nejma. If you are a fan of Rupi Kaur or Lang Leav, you definitely need to pick up salt.