The Fat Black Woman's Poems (Paperback)

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

is a fat black woman
walking the fields
pressing a breezed
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

About the Author

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.

Praise For…

Deliciously inert and self contented, the fat black woman mocks oppression by the scandal of being herself...—INDEPENDENT on Sunday

Run naturally and economically off the tongue. Beneath the folk rhythms and the lyrical simplicities, Nichols's poems preach disquiet—OBSERVER

Product Details
ISBN: 9780860686354
ISBN-10: 0860686353
Publisher: Virago
Publication Date: September 13th, 1984
Pages: 64
Language: English