• Bless the Daughter Raised by a Voice in Her Head

  • Poems
  • By: Warsan Shire
  • Narrated by: Warsan Shire
  • Length: 1 hr and 7 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (14 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Poems of migration, womanhood, trauma, and resilience from the celebrated collaborator on Beyoncé’s Lemonade and Black Is King, award-winning Somali British poet Warsan Shire 

“The beautifully crafted poems in this collection are fiercely tender gifts.”—Roxane Gay, author of Bad Feminist

“Shire is the real thing—fresh, cutting, indisputably alive.”—Dwight Garner, The New York Times

Mama, I made it / out of your home / alive, raised by / the voices / in my head. 

With her first full-length poetry collection, Warsan Shire introduces us to a young girl, who, in the absence of a nurturing guide, makes her own way toward womanhood. Drawing from her own life, as well as pop culture and news headlines, Shire finds vivid, unique details in the experiences of refugees and immigrants, mothers and daughters, Black women and teenage girls. In Shire’s hands, lives spring into fullness. This is noisy life, full of music and weeping and surahs and sirens and birds. This is fragrant life, full of blood and perfume and shisha smoke and jasmine and incense. This is polychrome life, full of henna and moonlight and lipstick and turmeric and kohl. The long-awaited collection from one of our most exciting contemporary poets, this book is a blessing, an incantatory celebration of resilience and survival. Each listener will come away changed.

©2021 Warsan Shire (P)2021 Random House Audio

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"Vital, moving and courageous, this is a debut not to be missed."The Guardian

“To say Warsan Shire's first full-length poetry collection is ‘highly anticipated’ is an understatement. . . . Consider Bless the Daughter essential reading.”The Week

“[This] commanding debut from Shire captures the loneliness of migration in crystalline language punctuated by the menace of patriarchal violence. . . .  Shire’s assured voice teems with righteous fury, tempered by rich language to create a memorable and powerful book.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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Beautifully done

Warsan shires voice is so… beautifully apt. Her words are delivered in such a way that i was transported. I was the subject and the writer. Loved every piece of this work. Thank you warsan shire for sharing this with the world.