- File Size: 19866 KB
- Print Length: 210 pages
- Publication Date: June 26, 2019
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07TMKPD67
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Amazon Best Sellers Rank:
#107,548 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
- #112 in African American Poetry
- #15 in African-American Poetry
- #342 in Folklore (Kindle Store)
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I discovered waheed's work by chance on Instagram, which was a first for me. But there's something pretty amazing about that- discovering such talent not because it's on your syllabus, but because such platforms exist allowing writers and artists to put their work out there and release it into the world---and alternatively, allowing readers to come by a writer like nayyirah waheed whose poetry is so powerful, it inspires you to write your first Amazon review (seriously. this is my first one).
Pick this book up. Just pick it up and you'll understand.
and there is nothing in english. that will say it.’
The poem above epitomizes Nayyirah Waheed’s transcendence of language in her follow-up to her collection Salt. Nejma feels ethereal from cover to cover, a stark difference between the minimalistic style of her first collection. Nayyirah touches heavily on the constructs of blackness and whiteness, using the sharp contrast of the negative space and the black ink on the pages to do so. Nayyirah remains true to herself in this second collection, discussing race, the feminine and the masculine, and ultimately love in all forms.
The work in Nejma is an even combination of sweet one-liners and lengthier poems. The longer poems are thick with truth and criticism of the lack of visibility of writers of color in literature and poetry and the grief of losing an identity you never knew to the western world.
As she writes in “The Hot Wash”,
to take my name out of my name
out of where my native poetry lives. in me.
replace it with keats, browning, dickson, wolf, joyce. wild. plathe. [...]
The work in Nejma serves to embolden writers of color. It breathes courage a necessary voice in literature. It is a calling for us to recall our magic and tell the stories that need to be told. She speaks to lovers of all literature in reminding the world of the importance of artists that look like us. Salt was for the lovers, Nejma is for the the creators.
I garnered more "likes" than ever just by posting a few lines from it on social media (if that counts for anything). Buy her, read her, share her I say. "Liking" is so in adequate to describe or demonstrate the importance of this work. She makes me wanna burn my notebooks! No, really these words said in these ways remind me how critical; how magical words are and can be. And I am inspired, humbled, and grateful to have them in my arsenal too.