The Fat Black Woman's Poems: From the winner of the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry 2021 (Virago Poets)

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The Fat Black Woman's Poems: From the winner of the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry 2021 (Virago Poets)

The Fat Black Woman's Poems: From the winner of the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry 2021 (Virago Poets)

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I am not certain now why I chose to read that particular bit of verse; perhaps it was an instinctive knowing that some poems have within them their own energy and need little help from their readers. I want to challenge that old and unrelenting aesthetic that has tried (whether knowingly or not) to set limits on the volume at which good poetry can be pitched.

By the time I met her again in South Africa, it was as if she had accepted that she would never publish a collection, that she was more of an activist than she was an author.

My body was confused by all the climate changes – starting from the dry desert, going through the last strains of a European winter, and deposited at last into the tropical heat of the Caribbean. Travel is amazing and it should be for everyone – thanks for the tips on how to push through the discomfort. To be civilised, to be mannered, to be a person of good taste was to be as different from the Fat Black Woman as possible. To believe in the progress of the victimised is to believe that only now have they advanced to the point of deserving greater inclusion. The Fat Black Woman would like to hear a good old-fashioned bawl – a screaming out – and then to be lulled by those sleepless droning red-eyed wake nights.

Unfortunately, zero of our friends or family understood this (everyone said we were “wasting money” when we told them we worked with an agency.

RATING: I’m giving this four stars but please note that I can’t analyse or critique poetry in the same way as a novel. You’re gonna get this skin, this body, this hair, and this gay lady all up in your face without apology.

A common attitude here in Europe is that you, as a Black American, are fine but them, the recent immigrants from African countries, are not and at least in Italy, those people will often sell things on the streets, have bad living conditions… I have no idea how it is in Croatia, mostly the touristy places try to hide all that but that might be something the average whit person won’t notice. I had this feeling come over me so hard the other evening when I just wanted to take my dogs for a walk but was feeling especially not worthy of being seen because I was only very un-showered and un-make-up-ed. Skip Zagreb (go to Trieste, Italy instead), get lost in Split while discovering old Roman artifacts everywhere and if you have time spent a) some time on an island and b) travel to Mostar (Bosnia-Herzigovina) and spent a night there to enjoy it when the tourists from the cruises are gone (and maybe make a day trip to the Blagaj monastery).

Too much has been made about the supposed lines drawn between the two great Caribbean poets, Derek Walcott and Kamau Brathwaite. But Grace Nichols’s character and co-author, triply othered – fat and black and female – stands as Everyman’s antithesis. I travel to some places that forces me to stay in my hotel room and that is incredibly annoying as I love to explore!

Still it surprised me how, given voice, the poem was such a different animal from how it sat tamely on the page. And then there came Calabash – the first staging of what would become one of the major international literary festivals. Book of Longing is Leonard Cohen's first book of new poetry since Book of Mercy was published two decades ago.Originally conceived by Eliot himself, Old Toffer's Book of Consequential Dog poems are a witty, varied and exquisitely compiled as Eliot's cats. ilustracja wektorowa pulchnych dorosłych dziewcząt w przytulnych ubraniach z pustym miejscem na tekst.

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