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Teaching My Mother How to Give Birth

Warsan Shire

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.

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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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.

Language:

English

Length:

30m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:13


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

00:12


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

00:17


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

00:11


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

00:15


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

01:24


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

01:46


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

01:07


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

01:17


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

01:18


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

00:49


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

01:02


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

01:01


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

01:07


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

02:05


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

00:21


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

00:55


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

01:21


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

01:18


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

04:00


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

02:04


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

01:34


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

01:23


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

01:20


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

00:16


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

01:37


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

00:33