warsan versus melancholy (the seven stages of being lonely)

by Warsan Shire

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Hear her
You will fall into her well
intoxicated in her depths
Her voice, flavored, spiced rum
Her intellect, clear, Russian vodka
Her truth, painful, white lightning
Her beauty, full, Mourvèdre
Her medicine, holy, Tequila plata
you will drown willingly
drunkenly denouncing the air,
soberly praising the glistening abyss of her spring water
Malana Larson
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Malana Larson This audio poem is by far my favorite. It's so empowering and motivating. After a terrible abusive relationship, it opened my eyes and showed me my self-worth. God bless Warsan Shire, she has truly impacted my life for the greater good and without her beautiful soul, I wouldn't be as strong as I am now. Favorite track: for women who are difficult to love - (the affirmation).
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anisha You are amazing and your words resonate with everything I feel right now. Thank you x
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ellesbells Warsan's voice is lush, it's music. Warsan's words are a sharp knife cutting. Warsan's word are also the salve. Favorite track: how to wear your mother's lipstick - (the desperation).
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Vel Wilson Vibrational, inspirational, invoking Favorite track: questions for the woman i was last night - (the honest conversation).
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released February 14, 2012

All work written and recorded by Warsan Shire



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Warsan Shire is a Kenyan-born Somali poet and writer who is based in London. Born in 1988, she has read her work internationally, more recently in South Africa, Italy and Germany. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Creative Writing. The artist and activist uses her work to document stories of journey and trauma. She curates and teaches workshops around the art of healing through narrative. ... more

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