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Teaching My Mother How to Give Birth - Mouthmark 10 (Paperback)
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Teaching My Mother How to Give Birth - Mouthmark 10 (Paperback)

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Paperback 38 Pages / Published: 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: 62 g
Dimensions: 216 x 140 x 2 mm

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Hux - Blogger, @littlehux

“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 burden".

I'm sure you listened to Lemonade -... More

Paperback edition
3 similar books recommended
10th September 2016
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“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 culture and her experiences . She is a beautiful writer... More

Paperback edition
5th July 2013
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Kayla Powell

“Even the title is poetic”

Everything about this book is beautiful - if only it could be longer.

Paperback edition
28th February 2018
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