The long-awaited debut poetry collection from the voice of a generation ‘No one leaves home unless home is the mouth of a shark’
Born in Kenya, to Somali parents, Warsan Shire grew up in Harlesden and now lives in LA. She has been named the Young Poet Laureate, authored the
spoken poetry in Beyoncé’s Lemonade and Black is King.
Her debut collection, Bless the daughter raised by a voice in her head, will be about coming of age, and becoming a mother and its publication will be a
powerful cultural moment. It depicts a young girl, who, in the absence of a nurturing guide, is raised by ‘God and Oprah on TV’, and by ‘all the voices in her
Warsan’s themes are bold – sex, death, race, religion, feminism. Her delivery is intimate and completely disarming.
‘With her first full-length poetry collection, Bless the Daughter Raised by a Voice In Her Head, Warsan Shire electrifies. Her poems capture young black womanhood, what it means to search for home in the world, what it means to inhabit a woman’s body, the tensions of reconciling faith and family and everything that threatens the borders of expectation and obligation. The beautifully crafted poems in this collection are fiercely tender gifts’ Roxane Gay