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The fat black woman's poems

The fat black woman's poems


by Grace Nichols
13th September, 1984

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A stunning collection of poems from Grace Nichols, winner of the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry 2021

Beauty
is a fat black woman
walking the fields
pressing a breezed
hibiscus
to her cheek
while the sun lights up
her feet

Nichols gives us images that stare us straight in the eye, images of joy, challenge, accusation. Her 'fat black woman' is brash; rejoices in herself; poses awkward questions to politicians, rulers, suitors, to a white world that still turns its back. Grace Nichols writes in a language that is wonderfully vivid yet economical of the pleasures and sadnesses of memory, of loving, of 'the power to be what I am, a woman, charting my own futures'.

'Unquestionably one of our most important living poets' i-D magazine

'Not only rich music, an easy lyricism, but also grit, and earthy honesty, a willingness to be vulnerable and clean' Gwendolyn Brooks

'Beneath the folk rhythms and the lyrical simplicities, Nichols's poems preach disquiet' Observer

'Grace Nichols has wit, acidity, tenderness, any number of gifts at her disposal' Jeanette Winterson

Born in 1950 in Guyana, where she grew up, Grace Nichols worked as a jounalist and reporter. She came to Britain in 1977 and has published several children's books. Her cycle of poems, I IS A LONG MEMORIED WOMAN, won the 1983 Commonwealth Poetry Prize.

Details & Specs

Author: Grace Nichols


Publisher: Virago


Format: Paperback


ISBN: 9780860686354


Publication Date: 13th September, 1984


Pages: 64


Dimensions: 196 x 124 x 4 mm


Availability: Available, usually dispatched within 3 days


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