Teaching My Mother How to Give Birth

Teaching My Mother How to Give Birth

Fiction & Poetry, Poetry
Paperback Published on: 29/12/2011
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What elevates 'teaching my mother how to give birth', what gives the poems their disturbing brilliance, is Warsan Shire's ability to give simple, beautiful eloquence to the veiled world where sensuality lives in the dominant narrative of Islam; reclaiming the more nuanced truths of earlier times - as in Tayeb Salih's work - and translating to the realm of lyric the work of the likes of Nawal El Saadawi. As Rumi said, "Love will find its way through all languages on its own"; in 'teaching my mother how to give birth', Warsan's debut pamphlet, we witness the unearthing of a poet who finds her way through all preconceptions to strike the heart directly. 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.

  • Publisher: Flipped Eye Publishing Limited
  • ISBN: 9781905233298
  • Number of pages: 38
  • Weight: 62g
  • Dimensions: 216 x 140 x 2 mm

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Teaching My Mother How to Give Birth
Beautiful and intense; the poet who brought you Beyonce's Lemonade
Warsan Shire's collection Teaching My Mother to Give Birth opens with a quote from Audre Lorde - "Mother, loosen my tongue or adorn me with a lighter burde... READ MORE
Lizzie | @littlehux
Teaching My Mother How to Give Birth
Teaching My Mother How to Give Birth
This intense book is full of poems by Warsan Shire, from It's title it is evidently about her personal life and explores the more intimate realities of her... READ MORE
Teaching My Mother How to Give Birth
Even the title is poetic
Everything about this book is beautiful - if only it could be longer.
Kayla Powell
Teaching My Mother How to Give Birth
Brutal Genius
I had read Bless the Daughter Raised By A Voice In Her Head and found it deeply moving, disturbing and beautiful. Images from that collection haunted me fo... READ MORE
Katy Wheatley