The artist who writes these beautifully raw and soul-stirring poems is known as Nayyirah Waheed.
If you haven’t already, I strongly urge you to look her up and her writings. They are indeed one of a kind and truly beautiful. She writes from such an honest place and is unapologetic about what she says and I admire that greatly. When I first read her work, something in me slowed down, in fact my world slowed down; and if it is possible for the heart’s beat to pause between beats, then mine certainly did.
I think when a piece of writing stays with you; sort of attaches itself on your psyche, your soul or your heart as such; you know it’s a good piece of work!
You can’t seem to shake it off for you were not meant to. And Nayyirah’s poems do just this.
When you look at her book you’ll notice the empty spaces and the sparse sentences. Most of her poems are short but I think that this is intentional. The empty spaces, like the spaces in our own lives, are there for a reason. It is there to help us pause, to reflect. It allows the reader the time to process what has just transpired and what continues to transpire within. The words need this space. And you the reader will need it too once you’ve read it.
Here are a few snippets of what Nayyirah beautifully offers. I’ve selected the ones that closely relate to love, both of self and of the other. I hope you enjoy them as much as I have.
￼salt. is a journey through warmth and sharpness. this collection of poetry explores the realities of multiple identities, language, diasporic life & pain, the self, community, healing, celebration, and love.