Bless The Daughter Raised By A Voice In Her Head: Warsan Shire's New Book Introduces A Girl Who, In The Absence Of A Nurturing Guide, Makes Her Own Stumbling Way Toward Womanhood

The long wait is over as award-winning writer and poet Warsan Shire's latest poetry collection, titled 'Bless The Daughter Raised By The Voices In Her Head', is finally here. The eagerly awaited poetry collection, which she first announced last year, was released on 1st and 3rd March, 2022 in the UK and US respectively. International release dates are yet to be confirmed.  

According to her publisher Penguin Books, Bless The Daughter Raised By A Voices In Her Head is Warsan's first full-length poetry collection where she introduces us to a girl who, in the absence of a nurturing guide, makes her own stumbling way toward womanhood. Drawing from her own life and the lives of loved ones, as well as pop culture and news headlines. 

"Shire finds vivid, unique details in the experiences of refugees and immigrants, mothers and daughters, Black women and teenage girls. These are noisy lives, full of music and weeping and surahs. These are fragrant lives, full of blood and perfume and jasmine. These are polychrome lives, full of moonlight and turmeric and kohl," adds Penguin Books.

The award-winning writer, whose work has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, is known for penning powerful moving poems themed around migration, love, womanhood, trauma and resilience, hence this poetry collection is no different. The author says her new book brings together new and existing poems.

Her debut pamphlet, 'Teaching My Mother How to Give Birth' was published in 2011, followed by collections such as 'Her Blue Body' (2015) and 'Our Men Do Not Belong to Us' (2015), and previously her acclaimed collaboration for the film adaptation and poetry for Beyoncé's visual album Lemonade as well as Black Is King. Furthermore, the bestselling author recently featured in Wild Imperfections, an anthology of womanist poems by poets from Africa and its diaspora.

The book can be purchased <here>

Sources: Penguin Books | Warsan Shire - Instagram

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