Teaching My Mother How To Give Birth By Warsan Shire.

The Diverse Reader Teaching My Mother How To Give Birth By Warsan Shire Book Review

Title: Teaching My Mother How To Give Birth

Author: Warsan Shire

Genre: Poetry

Published: December 29, 2011

Publisher: Flipped Eye Publishing Limited

Total Pages: 38 pages

Topics Include: Love, Politics, Finding Yourself, Immigration, and more.

Amazon Synopsis: What elevates 'teaching my mother how to give birth', what gives the poems their disturbing brilliance, is Warsan Shire's ability to give simple, beautiful eloquence to the veiled world where sensuality lives in the dominant narrative of Islam; reclaiming the more nuanced truths of earlier times - as in Tayeb Salih's work - and translating to the realm of lyric the work of the likes of Nawal El Saadawi. 


I have been wanting to read Teaching My Mother How To Give Birth By Warsan Shire since the first time I heard that it existed. The title alone drew me in and made me want to purchase the book. Teaching My Mother How To Give Birth By Warsan Shire is a collection of poetry from a series entitled Mouthmark. The poetry focuses on a variety of topics and Shire speaks her truth through writing.


My favorite line:

“I belong deeply to myself.”


My thoughts:

Teaching My Mother How To Give Birth By Warsan Shire is a collection of poetry that speaks from Shire’s life, perspective and ideas. I must admit that this book put me on a rollercoaster ride and made me understand more of who the author was but also different experiences. There were poems from different points of view and topics that were deep and dark. It took a few rereads to get into this poetry. Some of the poetry was straight to the point where as other poetry took me awhile to grasp.

I enjoyed the poetry where it spoke about others experiences and the things that they went through. The poetry grabbed me but not as much as I wanted it to. The need to reread the poetry left me feeling disconnected because I could not grasp everything the poet was trying to say initially.

I had to sleep on some of the poetry and reread it the next day to fully understand it. I think some of the poetry was thought provoking and made me want to have similar poetry. There was poetry that was political, about family, relationships and more.

I did admire that the poetry collection is book series and I am able to get short collections over an entire series of poetry. Overall, I will want to read another part of the book series to see how the poetry is. I am in different about my star review for this book but I will say someone else can read this poetry book and love it! So, I say read this poetry book and tell me what you think!



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