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Saturday, August 10, 2013

Six Word Saturday - In Poetry

She wrote my DNA in words.

Warsan Shire is a 25-year old Kenyan-born Somali poet who currently lives in London.  I was introduced to her poetry recently, but she isn't new to the art - her poetry already translated into multiple languages other than English and (wait for it).....she's coming to TORONTO!!  I can't wait to hear her words live, PLUS, I will be in attendance at a writing workshop she will be holding the day before.  

Ever since I heard this poem, I can't get it out of my head.  It speaks to my core like no other poem ever has.  I'm even considering the last lines for a tattoo....

"...you are terrifying and strange and beautiful; something not everyone knows how to love."

Have a listen....


It's Saturday...and you know what that means.  The gang is gathered over at Call Me Cate's place and they're started on another round of Six Words.  You can play along too.  Share your six.
(The button will take you there!)


  1. I like anything that promotes literacy and creativity. Hope the experience of seeing your favorite author is as good as you hope it will be.

    1. Thanks Wayne! I believe it will be a wonderful experience....and I also believe in literacy and creativity. It's what I've based my career around - well, using those tools to work with youth. So excited!!

      Thanks for dropping by!

  2. How wonderful, to meet an admired poet. Even better to sit in on a workshop hosted by them.

    I played the video for My Beloved Sandra & she was very impressed. This constitutes a HUGE vote of approval.

    1. I'm beside myself with anticipation for next weekend....I'm glad that you and Sandra enjoyed Warsan's words. Clearly they have left an impression on me, too!

  3. Wow! Her voice is stunning, it pulled me right in. I hope next weekend is everything you want it to be!

  4. Your posts are very emotional and they appeal to me.