The Poetry of Warsan Shire

The Poetry of Warsan Shire

Warsan Shire – “For Women Who Are Difficult To Love” from MovingOn on Vimeo.





Warsan Shire is a 25-year old Kenyan-born Somali poet who currently lives in London. She writes about the pains of love, dislocation, loneliness, raw emotion, and so much more. Warsan a published author, including her most recent book “Teaching My Mother How to Give Birth” which has received immense praise for its powerful ability to evoke a wide spectrum of emotional transcendence . Warsan says that the book is “About women, love, loneliness and war, in chronologic order. [It has] poems that focus on adolescence and young adult hood, married life, divorce, motherhood, growing old and death. It has strong references to Somali culture. All I’ve ever wanted to do was write books.” And write amazingly she does. Warsan has traveled the globe reading her work, telling the stories of real people and revealing her innermost vulnerabilities. In a wonderful way, she states, “If our secrets are secrets because we are told to be ashamed, then we must share them.”


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