6 Times nayyirah waheed Embodied ‘Black Lives Matter’ in Poetry

If you haven’t already fallen in love with nayyirah waheed, now’s the time to do so. Her poetry, popularized through social media, is oftentimes short and powerful– some lines reading more like one brief self affirmations. Like Warsan Shire, she manages to talk about a long list of societal and internal struggles. Her 2013 latest book, salt., is an insightful exploration of identity that will resonate with those who have been following the troubling events of last week and beyond.

Warsan Shire: Beyond Lemonade

I have my mother’s mouth and my father’s eyes; on my face they are still together. Warsan Shire, Teaching My Mother How to Give Birth Beyoncé’s Lemonade release has left a wealth of conversation in its wake: conversations about black womanhood, spousal infidelity, Beyoncé’s involvement in Black Lives Matter.  The music was great, as was the Daughters of the Dusk- esque imagery, punctuated by some of the most significant black women of the moment. Everything, down to the costuming and makeup, seemed to have meaning. 

Book Review | Straight James/Gay James, by James Franco

What is Straight James/Gay James? It’s supposedly a self examination answering the age-old question “Are you f-ing gay or what?” I take these words from the poem, as I hardly care enough about him to use expletives when posing the question.