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Bless the Daughter Raised by a Voice in Her Head: Shortlisted for the 2022 Felix Dennis Prize

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It took me eight months to get through this because there were too many lines and entire poems that genuinely made me burst into tears. A moving passage with a dynamic approach to separation and migration with images of birds as well as a barrier even in dreams. Another thing that rubbed me the wrong way is the fact that some of these old poems were altered slightly for this "new" collection – often for the worse. or the traumatised immigrant "She listens to the clamoring voices, oh how blessed she is, how proud they are, how all their hopes depend on her, how walahi, all their dreams lie at her feet.

To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average.Sono rimasta folgorata da questa raccolta di poesia, la complessità e la varietà dei temi a comporre il mosaico di essere donne migranti, africane, nere, musulmane, divise tra la nostalgia della patria e l’adattamento al mondo occidentale, figlie rifiutate o poco amate… tanti, tantissimi argomenti, ma raccontati con pennellate folgoranti (mi ripeto ma è il termine giusto), dolorose, estremamente vivide ma mai pietose. Bless This House and Backwards hit me the hardest upon first reading, but I thought every piece was strong and I’m sure when I reread and the words have marinated longer, another will resonate with me even more. While it is by no means her job to make a reader comfortable with her work, she misses an opportunity to more fully portray these devastating events to her reader and, therefore, respect the poems’ contents. Poems of migration, womanhood, trauma and resilience from the award-winning Somali British poet Warsan Shire, celebrated collaborator on Beyoncé's Lemonade and Black Is King. I still think it a wonderful and heart-breaking collection of poetry about womanhood, refugee’s life, displacement, identity, war, love and death.

Somalia is recognized for having the longest coastline on the African continent and is populated by over 16 million people. It was small, raw; it was pulling your heart out while you were marveling at the beauty of the words. The collection truly ends with the poem “Nail Technician as a Palm Reader,” closing with the image of a daughter “blossoming / out of a hole in my face. Quello che so è che fatico a far coincidere la luce di questo volto con il buio dei versi che ho letto.And if you're then craving for more, go into this long-awaited full-length collection with the right expectations: lots of old poems reworked anew (sometimes for better, often for worse) but also some new ones that'll invite into a new world, one that Shire always manages to completely make her own. Obviously, you want your work to be used in any way to raise funds for all suffering people, but I want people to know who I wrote that about.

Within these poems is a woman wrestling her various hauntings: her body a site of savage surveillance, her girlhood a long inventory of violation, her home no longer a home but “the mouth of a shark. As I usually do with poems, I read them aloud to get a sense of the rhythms of the words and sought out a few online readings by Warsan Shire including ‘Home’ that in heartbreaking visceral images chronicles the experience of the refugee. While Shire’s presentation of powerful narratives can draw a deep reaction from readers, her straightforward structure and often disconnected tone makes the collection feel incomplete.Throughout the poems, Shire uses Somali words when referencing traditional familial, cultural, and religious subjects. I’m sure I didn’t like the book as much as other readers, because I’m not that good in English, but I still enjoyed it to some extent. You think you don't recognize the poet's name but most of the words in Beyonce's Lemonade were penned by Warsan Shire.

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