Teaching My Mother How to Give Birth by Warsan Shire
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I stumbled up on Warsan Shire and her poetry a few years ago on Twitter. I was a fan of her tweets prior to reading any of her poetry. A line or two of one of Warsan Shire's poems was tweeted into my timeline last night and on a whim I decided to download Teaching My Mother How to Give Birth. These poems are still speaking to me and I'm listening.
Warsan Shire has one of those poetic voices that stir instead of soothe. These poems will linger and hover around you and in your subconscious for days, weeks, and years to come. There are some lines that kick and punch others that pinch. These are poems that inspire and empower.
These are a few lines from some of my favorite poems from this collection:
"What is she hungry for?"