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Publisher's Summary

“yrsa daley-ward’s bone is a symphony of breaking and mending...she lays her hands on the pulse of the thing...an expert storyteller. of the rarest. and purest kind.” (nayyirah waheed, author of salt.)

From the celebrated poet Yrsa Daley-Ward, a poignant collection of poems about the heart, life, and the inner self.  

Foreword by Kiese Laymon, author of Heavy: An American Memoir

Bone. Visceral. Close to. Stark. 

The poems in Yrsa Daley-Ward’s collection bone are exactly that: reflections on a particular life honed to their essence - so clear and pared-down, they become universal. 

From navigating the oft competing worlds of religion and desire, to balancing society’s expectations with the raw experience of being a woman in the world; from detailing the experiences of growing up as a first generation black British woman, to working through situations of dependence and abuse; from finding solace in the echoing caverns of depression and loss, to exploring the vulnerability and redemption in falling in love, each of the raw and immediate poems in Daley-Ward’s bone resonates to the core of what it means to be human. 

"You will come away bruised.
You will come away bruised
but this will give you poetry."

©2017 Yrsa Daley-Ward (P)2017 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

 “Daley-Ward’s short poems cover subjects like depression, falling in and out of love, and sexuality, with a fierce staccato that, as the title suggests, cuts deep.” (Vogue

"Yrsa’s work is like holding the truth in your hands. It sweats and breathes before you. A glorious living thing.” (Florence Welch, of Florence + the Machine)  

“[bone is] the one poetry book every young Black girl will appreciate.... [With] poems that touch the heart, question societal norms and talk about the complexity of sexuality, [Yrsa Daley-Ward] has a book of great depth.” (Essence)

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poetry

I loved the beautiful words that described so many of life's experiences that shape us, even through the pain & joy.

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I have a bone to pick

I never liked poetry. Perhaps that is because I only heard it at school. I have listened to Bone six times in less than six months. I cannot get enough of it. Every time I listen, it is fresh, like I have never heard it before. I want to shout to the world that this book is one to be reckoned with. I have also listened to The Terrible six times! I cannot recommend this author enough: she is at the top of my list.

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Frightening and brilliant

With Bone, Yrsa Daley-Ward helps feed what some people call the soul. I am grateful.

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Required Reading.

I have been a long time fan of the artist, healer, we know as Yrsa Daley-Ward. I fell in love with this book instantly, Which was very odd, Becos I discovered this book by accident (during a ruff period in my life) ²years ago. The words are healing as you read, each chapter you will feel the heart heal. I absolutely love the Audible® production, it enriches the experience even more.

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loved the whole book... great writing, engulfing

it was enjoyable hurler... taking you into secret parts of the soul and involving you