Girls making great poetry
I like poems. And I don't mean poems like: Oh, I miss you so. / Where did you go? / No, no, no.
I mean poems that go straight to your heart, that alter your bones. (And that don't rhyme for God's sake!)
Rupi is 23 years old and a bestselling author. (I was doing tequila shots with 23.) And she is a feminist.
She writes things like:
trying to convince myself
i am allowed
to take up space
is like writing with
my left hand
when i was born
to use my right
-the idea of shrinking is hereditary
(Taking up space as a girl is one of my fave topics!! ❤️)
*Sigh*, another favorite topic of mine right here. Identity & Language. Maybe it is because I've lived in so many different countries - and because I am living in foreign(?) country right now - that these words always get to me.
Nayyirah is very mysterious. I couldn't find any picture of her online. And the book itself is so sleek and white. A blank paper.
It's frank, it's controversial, it's radical. I love it!!!
Warsan hasn't even published a proper book, yet, "teaching my mother how to give birth" is more of a pamphlet. Only 30 pages of poems. But all of them are gold.
Last, but not least (as they say), I'll leave you a video of Farah Chamma.
I saw this tiny little girl on the stage of a local poetry slam almost one year ago and she totally blew me away. Such energy. Such strength. She touched my heart. She altered my bones.