Friday 5: Reasons to Read Poet Warsan Shire

I’m always on the lookout for new poets to read (see my recent lit crush on Amit Majmudar in a recent post).  So when a student brought poems by Warsan Shire to class and read one aloud, I was immediately riveted for many reasons.  Here are 5 reasons why you should also check her poetry out:

  1. Students love her. The fact that a student brought her to my attention is significant, and she speaks to students in a way older poets do not. (Go here for a poem entitled: “For Women Who Are Difficult to Love“)
  2.  She has received the Brunel University‘s African Poetry Prize, chosen from a shortlist of six candidates out of a total 655 entries.
  3. Shire was the first Young Poet Laureate for London.
  4. She’s accessible, and you can even hear her read her poems online.
  5. Beyonce sampled Shire in her recent work Lemonade.  (She’s hip, she’s current, so even if I’m not, I can name a poet who is!)

Image below from The New Yorker article in 2015.

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Posted by Kate, VP Secondary, PCTELA

 

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Friday 5: Reasons to Read Poet Warsan Shire

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