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Exploring the Fringes of Familiarity

There is a difference between what it means to go and what it means to leave, and Liren Fu‘s essay this issue takes on the weighty task of exploring the deep gulfs in between the two. 1,053 more words


Unseen Poetry

In their response to this issue’s selected poems, Kavya and Natalie navigate the unique pain of the sojourner. Their analysis shifts between the expositions of ‘Expatriate Dream’ and ‘Ugly’ – from Md Mukul’s ghost echoes of home to Warsan Shire’s geography of displacement, the essay elucidates all the agony and burgeoning, defiant hope of life lived in a foreign land. 1,442 more words


From Warsan Shire:

I tried to change. Closed my mouth more, tried to be softer, prettier, less awake. Fasted for 60 days, wore white, abstained from mirrors, abstained from sex, slowly did not speak another word.

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A poet's brief unpacking of Lemonade


All right hipsters, I know a lot of you might have some (wrong) opinions and/or preconceived notions about Lemonade. For those who wrinkle their noses at the (gasp) popular song that I am about to unpack, I invite you to- please- have a seat, remove your wide-brimmed hat, brew yourself a yerba, and open your mind- along with the link. 443 more words

‘Teaching my mother how to give birth’: a thought-provoking, essential collection of beautiful poems

I came across the name Warsan Shire through Beyoncé’s visual album, Lemonade. As I’m sure many others have been, I was intrigued to find out more about the strong voice behind the poetic interludes in Beyoncé’s album. 688 more words


words of light

you are terrifying and strange and beautiful;
something not everyone knows how to love

Warsan Shire

– birdie