Pocket Poets

August 11, 2016

Pocket Poets

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.

 

Warsan Shire

 

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.

 

Rupi Kaur

 

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”.

 

Suheir Hammad

 

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

 

 

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