With her first full-length poetry collection, Warsan Shire introduces us to a girl who, in the absence of a nurturing guide, makes her own stumbling way towards womanhood.
Drawing from her life and the lives of loved ones, as well as pop culture, news headlines and banter, Warsan untwines vivid, transformative details from 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.
Bless the Daughter Raised by a Voice in Her Head is a blessing, an incantatory celebration of survival, from one of our most exciting contemporary poets. Each flipped eye limited edition object is one of just 200 lovingly hand-numbered, hardback copies, printed on uncoated paper from renewable sources and released on February 24 to pay quiet homage to the 23rd anniversary of Lauryn Hill’s seismic Grammy win for The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.