When I think of talented female poets, British Somali Warsan Shire immediately comes to my mind. I loved her poetry even before she shared some of her lemons with Beyonce’s Lemonade. The first time I heard her voice was when I read, “I have my mother’s mouth and my father’s eyes; on my face they are still together.” That line alone gave me severely delayed closure about my parents break up.
But beyond Warsan Shire, there are plenty of wonderfully talented poets you should know or reconnect with. Here are three I highly recommend.
1. Ijeoma Umebinyuo
The brilliant lady who gave us this…
And gave third culture kids everywhere their favourite melancholic mantra, “So, here you are too foreign for home too foreign for here. Never enough for both.”
2. Safia Elhillo
Safia is Sudanese by way of Washington, DC. She reminds us, “You are not a tenant of your own flesh. You are the landlady. You are the land. You have landed. Welcome home.”
Along with Jamila Woods, Mahogany L. Browne, and Idrissa Simmonds, Safia has edited Black Girl Magic, A BreakBeat Poets anthology to celebrate and canonize the words of Black women across the diaspora. Which is available at Haymarket Books.
3. Yrsa Daley-Ward
Yrsa is a triple threat; a poet, model and actress of West Indian and West African heritage. She was born in England to Jamaican and Nigerian Parents.
She encourages us…