Teaching My Mother How to Give Birth by Warsan Shire audiobook

Teaching My Mother How to Give Birth

By Warsan Shire
Read by Warsan Shire

Random House Audio
0.51 Hours Unabridged
Format: Digital Download (In Stock)
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    ISBN: 9781524774257

What elevates teaching my mother how to give birth, what gives the poems their disturbing brilliance, is Warsan Shire's ability to give simple, beautiful eloquence to the veiled world where sensuality lives in the dominant narrative of Islam; reclaiming the more nuanced truths of earlier times - as in Tayeb Salih's work - and translating to the realm of lyric the work of the likes of Nawal El Saadawi. As Rumi said, "Love will find its way through all languages on its own"; in teaching my mother how to give birth, Warsan's début pamphlet, we witness the unearthing of a poet who finds her way through all preconceptions to strike the heart directly.

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Summary

Summary

A Library Journal Best Audiobook of 2017

What elevates teaching my mother how to give birth, what gives the poems their disturbing brilliance, is Warsan Shire's ability to give simple, beautiful eloquence to the veiled world where sensuality lives in the dominant narrative of Islam; reclaiming the more nuanced truths of earlier times - as in Tayeb Salih's work - and translating to the realm of lyric the work of the likes of Nawal El Saadawi. As Rumi said, "Love will find its way through all languages on its own"; in teaching my mother how to give birth, Warsan's début pamphlet, we witness the unearthing of a poet who finds her way through all preconceptions to strike the heart directly.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Hearing Shire read her own work here, it is easy to see why she has gained such loyal and avid fans. The strength, lyricism, and devastating honesty of these poems are brought home much more clearly in the audio version than in the chapbook, and that is saying a great deal because when experienced on the page, the poems are incredibly moving. Through the author’s reading, however, we are truly able to hear how stunning Shire’s voice is. Poems such as ‘Your Mother’s First Kiss’ and ‘Trying To Swim with God’ leave the listener stunned at their vibrancy and power…Highly recommended.” Library Journal (starred audio review)

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Author Bio: Warsan Shire

Author Bio: Warsan Shire

Warsan Shire is a Kenyan-born Somali poet and writer, an artist and activist who uses her work to document narratives of journey and trauma. She has received various awards for her art. In 2013, she was awarded the Brunel University’s inaugural African Poetry Prize from 655 entrants. In 2013, she was named the first Young Poet Laureate for London. In 2014, she was chosen as poet-in-residence of Queensland, Australia. She has read her work internationally, including readings in South Africa, Italy, and Germany, and her poetry has been translated into Italian, Spanish and Portuguese.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Nonfiction/Poetry
Runtime: 0.51
Audience: Adult
Language: English