+THRIVE READING SERIES No: 002

HER BLUE BODY
WARSAN SHIRE

+Review

 

‘I am writing from the future to tell you that everything will be okay.’

 

This isn’t the first I’ve read of Warsan Shire’s work. And like all her previous works I’ve had the pleasure of reading, Her Blue Body is exquisite. The writing flutters between hope and despair, between pain and joy. Reading Her Blue Body was a revelation, and not always a joyous one.

 

Shire handles the subject matter in this collection with finesse, flitting from poem to poem, line to line with such fluid ease that I had devoured the collection before I realized it.  

 

Mother says there are locked rooms inside all women…’

 

Shire’s poetry draws the reader in because it rings true on a guttural level. Her work says what most of us fear to say out loud, but instinctually know to be true. A favorite of mine was the house, the imagery of the poem, the locked rooms, men coming with keys, or hammers, was so vivid and gut-wrenching I found myself reading it over and over, searching for a kernel of joy, or light between the words.  

 

Hooyo holding negatives up to the sunlight singing Magool under her breath.’

 

Even in the darkness there is beauty. The way Shire moves from foreign food isles to mother with stars in her eyes is breathtaking. A close second in the collection is Photographs of Hooyo, the pictures she paints with her words transport to a bygone time. A time where memory lurks in the shadows, heavy and insistent on acknowledgement.

 

‘Dear uncle,

is everything you love foreign

or are you foreign to everything

you love?

 

LAST THOUGHTS

+ 5 Stars

 

My only complain about Shire’s collection is that it was far too short. Her Blue Body is worth the read. Even it if leaves you wanting for more.

 

Ehhh */**
Read ***/*
Must Read ****/**

 

QUOTED POEMS

1.   I am writing to you from the future
2.
   Photographs of Hooyo
3.
   Midnight in the Foreign Foods Isle

 

 

+Release: 2015
+Purchase: HER BLUE BODY 
the Flap Series, Flipped Eye Publishing

 

 

+THRIVE READING SERIES: 002.1

TEACHING MY MOTHER HOW TO GIVE BIRTH
WARSAN SHIRE

+REVIEW

 

‘I did not beg him to stay because I was begging God that he would not leave.’

 

Teaching my Mother How to Give Birth is hands down one of my favorite collections of poetry. I first discovered the collection, and Warsan Shire’s work a few years ago, and I have been captivated ever since.

 

 

‘Mother says there are locked rooms inside all women…’

 

Reading Shire’s work over the years, I can still say that Teaching my Mother How to Give Birth features her darkest and rawest work. It begins with a short, heart wrenching statement and ends much the same. The poems in the collection flit between longing, discovery, sadness, death and loss, dealing with each subject in what can only be described as tenderness. After reading the work for probably the tenth time since first acquiring it, I am convinced that above all Teaching my Mother How to Give Birth is a collection of love poems to the reader.

 

 They ask me how did you get here? Can’t you see it on my body?’

 

There is not much to say for this collection of poetry, except that it must be read, and read again.

 

‘Even his wedding night was a battlefield. A Swiss knife, his young bride, his sobs as he held Italian linen between her legs."

 

LAST THOUGHTS

+ 5 Stars

QUOTED POEMS

1.   What your mother told you after your father left
2.
   Conversations about Home
3.
   Old Spice

 

 

+Release: 2011
+Purchase:
TEACHING MY MOTHER HOW TO GIVE BIRTH
Flipped Eye Publishing