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“all those nights with the phone warming the side of my face like the sun. you made jokes and sure, i may have even laughed a little but mostly you were not funny. 220 more words

Poetic inspiration: Warsan Shire

Last week in class the TA put up a  video of a poem by Warsan Shire. I was enthralled. Here’s more from her:

Walt Whitman and Warsan Shire

The themes, imagery, and metaphors seen throughout Whitman and Shire’s poetry could not be more different. Before even discussing formal features, I feel a sense of unity when reading Whitman’s poetry, specifically “I Hear America Singing” and “For You O Democracy.” However, in Shire’s “Conversations About Home,” not only is there a lack of unity, but there seems to be a purposeful sense of disunity, or lack of belonging. 372 more words


Warsan Shire: the Reads of a Modern, Living Poet

Warsan Shire is a great example of a modern poet who inspires her readers to the point where they engage.  At risk of infringing on copyright laws, her fans have produced their own Youtube videos, blogs and websites to honour her work.   761 more words


Excuses For Why We Failed At Love

The poem by Warsan Shire hits deep.
This YouTube video is beautifully done, and I love the sound of the French language. Here are a few screenshots from the video that I found particularly wistful.

Excuses For Why We Failed At Love

What If People (And Not 'Things') Are Actually Your Silver Lining?

Somali-British poet, Warsan Shire, who is one of my favorite contemporary writers, has a poem titled, “For Women Who Are Difficult To Love.” In it, she has some of the most earnest perspectives on what it’s like to be that kind of woman. 926 more words

That thing called a resolution.

I’m not a resolution maker. My view has always been that you shouldn’t have to wait for the new year to make new resolutions and changes in your life. 389 more words

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