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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 début, we witness the unearthing of a poet who finds her way through all preconceptions to strike the heart directly.

©2013 Warsan Shire (P)2017 Random House Audio

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Beautiful and Brilliant

A beautiful and brilliant collection of poetry that paints vibrant imagery that seduces and shocks the soul.

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Best spoken word i ever heard ..thank you sistah

She speaks the truth .Im happy to have a opportunity to be introduced to this book. Great talent..

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simply magnificent!!

Warsan is a brilliant poet who brings to life words and issues of the world. listening to her brings life to the words i had read before.

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Thank You

Warsan, your voice is magical and soothing. Thank you for lifting me up with your words.

- a girl in the mouth of a shark

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Beautiful

What made the experience of listening to Teaching My Mother How to Give Birth the most enjoyable?

Warsan Shire has a beautiful voice and stunning delivery. This is a striking book of poetry that has a way of taking you away to your past and inspiring the imagination.

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Phenomenal

I absolutely loved it. I’m going to listen over and over. Reading her work inspires me beyond what I can explain.

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Painfully beautiful

I keep listening to this. Each time I hear something new. The story is painfully beautiful, yet neccessary. The author is truly talented and her voice brings the story to life. Strong work. Well done!

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Highly. Highly recommend.

One of the most passionate and brilliant books I have ever read (well, heard) in my life. It’s so much to put into words but just.... just read it. It’s so worth it.

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Beautiful and emotional.

The words and her voice felt like taking deep breaths. I could listen on repeat forever.