Our Men Do Not Belong To Us

Our Men Do Not Belong To Us

Warsan Shire / Jun 18, 2019

Our Men Do Not Belong To Us Our Men Do Not Belong to Us is the opening noise of a poet who has already gained a significant amount of praise for her poetry Warsan Shire s poems are direct but they are works of such delicate con

  • Title: Our Men Do Not Belong To Us
  • Author: Warsan Shire
  • ISBN: 9781940646565
  • Page: 238
  • Format: Paperback
  • Our Men Do Not Belong to Us is the opening noise of a poet who has already gained a significant amount of praise for her poetry Warsan Shire s poems are direct, but they are works of such delicate construction and layered insight that one quickly realizes what seems direct is necessarily wholly indirect, questioning, uncertain, and vulnerable Her poems are about how woOur Men Do Not Belong to Us is the opening noise of a poet who has already gained a significant amount of praise for her poetry Warsan Shire s poems are direct, but they are works of such delicate construction and layered insight that one quickly realizes what seems direct is necessarily wholly indirect, questioning, uncertain, and vulnerable Her poems are about how women deal with the violence of all kinds of exploitation, but they are never didactic or simplistic Shire fills her poems with the effects of her complex sense of identity in transcultural Africa Kwame Dawes

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      • Warsan Shire

        Warsan Shire is a 24 year old Kenyan born Somali poet, writer and educator based in London Born in 1988, Warsan has read her work extensively all over Britain and internationally including recent readings in South Africa, Italy, Germany, Canada, North America and Kenya and her d but book, TEACHING MY MOTHER HOW TO GIVE BIRTH flipped eye , was published in 2011 Her poems have been published in Wasafiri, Magma and Poetry Review and in the anthology The Salt Book of Younger Poets Salt, 2011 She is the current poetry editor at SPOOK magazine In 2012 she represented Somalia at the Poetry Parnassus, the festival of the world poets at the Southbank, London She is a Complete Works II poet Her poetry has been translated into Italian, Spanish and Portuguese Warsan is also the unanimous winner of the 2013 Inaugural Brunel University African Poetry Prize.


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    1. "Is that what we’re here for?To sit at kitchen tables, countingon our fingers the ones who died,those who left, and the others who were taken by the police,or by drugsor by illnessor by other women?It makes no sense.Look at your skin, her mouth, these lips, those eyes,my God, listen to that laugh.The only darkness we should allow into our lives is the night,for even then, we have the moon."


    2. HaramMy older sister soaps between her legs, her haira prayer of curls. When she was my age, she stolethe neighbor’s husband, burned his name into her skin. For weeks she smelled of cheap perfume and dying flesh.It’s 4:00 a.m and she winks at me, bending over the sink, her small breasts bruised from sucking.She smiles, pops her gum before saying—boys are haram; don’t ever forget that.Some nights I hear her in her room screaming.We play surah al baqarah to drown her out.Anything that leav [...]


    3. SouvenirYou brought the war with youunknowingly, perhaps, on your skinin hurried suitcasesin photographsplumes of it in your hairunder your nailsmaybe it wasin your blood.[]


    4. An incredible truthful and heartfelt collection of poems that narrates the pain of women from Africa.It tells their struggles in society and even the trouble of leaving their country for another and never fitting in.Warsan Shire is mostly known because Beyoncé utilized her poetry in her latest album, and she made everyone a favor by introducing this writer. Even though International Poetry Day is behind, I would recommend anyone from grabbing this and giving it a read.


    5. "I know a few things to be true. I do not know where I am going,where I have come from is disappearing, I am unwelcome andmy beauty is not beauty here. My body is burning with theshame of not belonging; my body is longing. I am the sin ofmemory and the absence of memory. I watch the news, and mymouth becomes a sink full of blood. The lines, the forms, thepeople at the desks, the calling cards, the immigration officer,the looks on the street, the cold settling deep into my bones,the English class [...]


    6. Her words left me feeling burnt. I don't know how to explain it but it was like putting salt into a wound I didn't know I carried. I read two of them out to my Kenyan mother and she sat in silence and I know they struck her too. Maybe it's the East African shared experience, maybe it's her brutal honestly, maybe it's the fact that the writing is so obviously not for me that it hit me harder. I don't know what it is but I found it incredible.


    7. "I wear my loneliness like a taffeta dress riding up my thigh,and you cannot help but want me.You think it's cruelhow I break your heart, to write a poem.I think it's alchemy."


    8. Kinda disappointing because I was expecting a new poetry collection with NEW poems but all we got was Teaching My Mother How to Give Birth EXACTLY with 2 or 3 other poems. Come on. Also, this book is NOWHERE to be found on the entire planet (no exaggeration) so buying it is out of the question. Although, after digging deep into the core of the earth for several decades internet for an hour or so, I managed to find a PDF version of the book. However, besides the blatant repetition of the other po [...]


    9. I was introduced to Warsan Shire through a small poem. Then I found out that Beyonce's Lemonade had her poetry too. A beautiful collection filled with heartfelt, gut-wrenching poems. Loved every word.



    10. I loved this oh so much I can't justify it by trying to put it into words.Everything I've read by her ever is amazing, and I just love her so much. I came across most of her poems on my dash and I'm glad she got the recognition she deserves when she was featured on Beyonce's Lemonade which boosted her popularity. Some of the poems here feel personal and I love how some writers can touch someone through their words, you know? Like not skin but soul? Yeah so that's cool. Personal favorite was "Ugl [...]


    11. There is a haunting lyrical quality to Ms. Shire's work that I have not seen in poetry in a very long time. There is a sense of defiance mixed with anger and still deeper resignation. She is simply brilliant. In this particular collection, my favourite piece is Conversations about Home (at the Deportation Center). I tried to get the unabridged version of this on and failed. It is unfortunate because I would have loved to read the rest.



    12. "I do not know where I am going, where I have come from is disappearing, I am unwelcome and my beauty is not beauty here." — Warsan ShireAh, powerful words.



    13. Technically these were many of the same poems from Teaching My Mother How to Give Birth, but I definitely did not mind reading them again.


    14. How do you review a collection of poems? I don't know, but I love the way Shire uses words and makes every poem into a story of its own.


    15. Warsan is gold. This one has the best poems of her other collection + great new aditions. I like this one more!



    16. "The only darkness we should allow into our lives is the night, for even then, we have the moon. " majestic poetry




    17. Excellent! Especially liked the war and refugee poems."They ask me, How did you get here? Can’t you see it on my body? The Libyan Desert red with immigrant bodies, the Gulf of
 Aden bloated, the city of Rome with no jacket. I hope the journey meant more than miles, because all my children are in the water. I thought the sea was safer than the land []"


    18. I had read most of these in another chapbook, although some of them are slightly altered -- and they are so good I am glad to read them again. Shire is an amazing, powerful poet, and her work should be much better known.



    19. This seems to be a very elusive collection of poetry, which I think is an utter shame. Poetry foundation has the abridged 32 page copy available for free download here, and there are contact details to obtain the full copy.Every single poem or text in this collection was fantastic, and I'm honestly finding it hard to find somewhere to start. I think I would be happy if I could makeConversations about Home (at the Deportation Centre)mandatory reading for every damn person in the UK alone. Anythin [...]






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