Teaching My Mother How to Give Birth

April 8, 2021
Teaching My Mother How to Give Birth

What elevates 'teaching my mother how to give birth', what givesthe poems their disturbing brilliance, is Warsan Shire's ability togive simple, beautiful eloquence to the veiled world wheresensuality lives in the dominant narrative of Islam; reclaiming themore nuanced truths of earlier times - as in Tayeb Salih's work -and translating to the realm of lyric the work of the likes ofNawal El Saadawi.As Rumi said, "Love will find its way through all languages onits own"; in 'teaching my mother how to give birth', Warsan's débutpamphlet, we witness the unearthing of a poet who finds her waythrough all preconceptions to strike the heart directly.Warsan Shire is a Kenyan-born Somali poet andwriter who is based in London. Born in 1988, she is an artist andactivist who uses her work to document narratives of journey andtrauma. Warsan has read her work internationally, including recentreadings in South Africa, Italy and Germany, and her poetry hasbeen translated into Italian, Spanish and Portuguese.