Poetry in general and feminist poetry, in particular, has received a major boost in visibility during the last few years thanks to social media. From Rupi Kaur’s Instagram fame to Warsan Shire’s popularity on BookTube, it seems that poetry is back in a big way and more popular than ever among young people.
My foray into the world of feminist poetry began only recently and it has given me much food for thought–about what makes a good poem and why certain poets go viral while others (equally or even more talented) are relegated to relative anonymity.
Here’s my take on three popular collections of feminist poetry.Buy, Borrow, Bypass: Feminist Poetry CollectionsClick To Tweet
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Teaching My Mother How to Give Birth by Warsan Shire
This pamphlet explores “the veiled world where sensuality lives in the dominant narrative of Islam.” Shire’s poems are often disturbing, sometimes shocking, and always deeply evocative. Imagery is her strength and her poems brought to mind a series of vivid colors, textures, and flavors as I listened to them.
To my daughter I will say,
‘When the men come, set youself on fire.’
Shire reads the audiobook version of this collection herself and I love her delivery. It’s understated; her poems don’t need embellishment to engage the imagination.
Verdict: Buy the audiobook.