From our guest blogger:
SUMMER READING: GIRL POWER POETS
Sometimes, by August, summer reading lists can become a little daunting. The days are hotter and you’re sweating over how you’re going to read those seven books you bought back in June. Luckily, poetry can be the perfect literature for your pocket. When you’re in need of a little artistic word, just read a bite from a poetry book. It only takes a few minutes, but you will feel infinitely enlightened.
Here are three poets that embody all that is female. And-- they’re the perfect books to carry in your pocket.
Many of you have already heard Warsan Shire-- the London Poet Laureate’s words were adapted into Beyonce’s Lemonade. Check out her chapbook, Teaching My Mother How to Give Birth and stay tuned for her first full-length poetry book, Extreme Girlhood, due Fall 2016.
Kaur reached Instagram fame with her posts of concise, emotional poems about a woman’s relationship to her body. Her self-published book, Milk and Honey, is a best seller with poems focused on the themes of pain, loss and survival. Each poem is also illustrated by the India-born, Canadian poet. One excerpt reads: “Our backs tell stories no books have the spine to carry”.
Hammad blends her Palestinian heritage with her Brooklyn roots-- creating a hip-hop, lyrical poetry on themes of culture, language and the female body. Her collection, Breaking Poems, is experimental and beautiful.
-Sidney Cherie Hilley
Follow my blog with Bloglovin
Comments will be approved before showing up.