March 2022 Book Review: BLESS THE DAUGHTER RAISED BY THE VOICE IN HER HEAD by Warsan Shire

I need you all to know that Warsan Shire will always be on a book review list–any list that I do when books are involved. This book here?

OH. MY. LAWD.

I prefer to have her book in Audible format as well as paperback. Her poetry hits different when she reads her work.

There is a power to her work that could only be conjured by a woman whom as not just existed, but lived! And Warsan has lived!

From her poems dealing with her refugee status, abusive household and dating issues and its violence? Yes. There is a rawness in her work that I flock to–that I see in the work of Nikki Giovanni.

My favorites from this collection? Man, that’s ‘liable to start a fight! But if I had to name one (or two): Bless the Bulimic

Drowning in Dawson’s Creek

Bless Your Ugly Daughter

Backwards

Warsan is one of my favorite poets because in minimal space, she punches you in the face with how honest she is–unflinching about how you see her.

Love. Her. So.

Note: There are some works in this book which may sound familiar because they were in Beyoncé’s Lemonade. In the glossary Shire notes this.

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