Title: Let Me Tell You This

Author: Nadine Aisha Jassat

Pages: 144 Pages

Publisher: 404 Ink

The Blurb

The electrifying debut collection from a powerful new voice in UK poetry. Shortlisted for the Edwin Morgan Poetry Award 2018. Let Me Tell You This is a vital exploration of racism, gender-based violence, and the sustaining, restorative bonds between women, told with searing precision and intelligent lyricism. Nadine takes you on a journey exploring heritage, connection, and speaking out. These poems demonstrate the power of heart and voice, and will stay with readers long after the last page is turned.

(AMAZON BLURB)

The Review

I have been reading more and more poetry over the past year and I have found that I am enjoying it more than ever before.

Let Me Tell You This is the deeply personal collection about the struggle with feeling displaced due to cultural heritage being at odds with British roots. Jassat highlights the ignorance of others and also the privilege f believing that people can say and do anything without consequence and repercussion. It is a study in white privilege.

Jassat bookmarks this by looking at her role as a woman in society and the look at sexism in society. It is her honest study which makes this book a very powerful collection of poems.

Let Me Tell You This by Nadine Aisha Jassat is available now.

For more information regarding Nadine Aisha Jassat (@nadineaishaj) please visit www.nadineaishaj.com.

For more information regarding 404 Ink (@404ink) please visit www.404ink.com.

Title: She is Fierce – Brave, Bold and Beautiful Poems by Women

Author: Ana Sampson

Pages: 304 Pages

Publisher: Macmillan Children’s Books

The Blurb

A stunning gift book containing 150 bold, brave and beautiful poems by women – from classic, well loved poets to innovative and bold modern voices. From suffragettes to school girls, from spoken word superstars to civil rights activists, from aristocratic ladies to kitchen maids, these are voices that deserve to be heard.

Collected by anthologist Ana Sampson She is Fierce: Brave, Bold and Beautiful Poems by Women contains an inclusive array of voices, from modern and contemporary poets. Immerse yourself in poems from Maya Angelou, Nikita Gill, Wendy Cope, Ysra Daley-Ward, Emily Bronte, Carol Ann Duffy, Fleur Adcock, Liz Berry, Jackie Kay, Hollie McNish, Imtiaz Dharker, Helen Dunmore, Emily Dickinson, Mary Oliver, Christina Rossetti, Margaret Atwood and Dorothy Parker, to name but a few! Featuring short biographies of each poet, She is Fierce is a stunning collection and an essential addition to any bookshelf.

The anthology is divided into the following sections: Roots and Growing Up Friendship Love Nature Freedom, Mindfulness and Joy Fashion, society and body image Protest, courage and resistance Endings

(AMAZON BLURB)

The Review

As I have gotten older I have come to appreciate poetry more than I did as a child. However, my love isn’t for the written word it is for the chosen nuances. I like studying the poem, looking at the writer and discovering why it was written. What is great about the She is Fierce collection is that some of the work is already done for you. You have the poem, you have it categorised into what type of poem it is and then you have a breakdown of the writer. Brilliant.

She is Fierce is a wonderful collection that is compromised of fantastic female voices. Some poems are familiar but the majority are ones that I certainly hadn’t come across before. It was wonderful to find some new and interesting voices.

This is a perfect collection for the feminist poetry lover in your life.

She is Fierce – Brave, Bold and Beautiful Poems by Women by Ana Sampson is available now.

For more information regarding Ana Sampson (@AnaBooks) please visit her Twitter page.

For more information regarding Macmillan Children’s Books (@MacmillanKidsUK) please visit www.panmacmillan.com.

Title: The Black Flamingo

Author: Dean Atta

Pages: 368 Pages

Publisher: Hodder Children’s Books

The Blurb

This is not about being ready, it’s not even about being fierce, or fearless, IT’S ABOUT BEING FREE.

Michael waits in the stage wings, wearing a pink wig, pink fluffy coat and black heels.

One more step will see him illuminated by spotlight.

He has been on a journey of bravery to get here, and he is almost ready to show himself to the world in bold colours …

Can he emerge as The Black Flamingo?

 (AMAZON BLURB)

The Review

The Black Flamingo is a really lovely and engaging story about figuring out who you are. It is the coming of age story of Michael who we watch from early childhood coming to understand who he is: a young gay black man.

Some of those adjectives seem like they shouldn’t be focused on however they are important in the telling of his story. It is how he is perceived as being both black and also as being gay. Not just how society sees him but also how he sees himself.

The Black Flamingo is a gorgeous story told totally through verse. You become captivated by the story telling but also by the beautiful illustrations that accompany the story.

This is definitely a book for those who have struggled to come to terms with an aspect of their lives. It helps create empathy and understanding.

The Black Flamingo by Dean Atta is available now.

For more information regarding Dean Atta (@DeanAtta) please visit his Twitter page.

 

itle: Taking the Arrow Out of the Heart

Author: Alice Walker

Pages: 288 Pages

Publisher: Atria Books

The Blurb

Presented in both English and Spanish, Alice Walker shares a timely collection of nearly seventy works of passionate and powerful poetry that bears witness to our troubled times, while also chronicling a life well-lived. From poems of painful self-inquiry, to celebrating the simple beauty of baking frittatas, Walker offers us a window into her magical, at times difficult, and liberating world of activism, love, hope and, above all, gratitude. Whether she’s urging us to preserve an urban paradise or behold the delicate necessity of beauty to the spirit, Walker encourages us to honor the divine that lives inside all of us and brings her legendary free verse to the page once again, demonstrating that she remains a revolutionary poet and an inspiration to generations of fans.

The Review

Taking the Arrow Out of the Heart is a beautiful collection of poetry by the inimitable Alice Walker who looks at race and prejudice. The poems are powerful and evocative and they are a perfect palate cleanser when you are between books.

Taking the Arrow Out of the Heart by Alice Walker is available now.

For more information regarding Atria Books (@AtriaBooks) please visit www.atria-books.com.

Title: Everything All at Once

Author: Steven Camden

Pages: 128 Pages

Publisher: Macmillan Children’s Books

The Blurb

An achingly beautiful collection of poems about one week in a secondary school where everything happens all at once. Zooming in across our cast of characters, we share moments that span everything from hoping to make it to the end of the week, facing it, fitting in, finding friends and falling out, to loving lessons, losing it, and worrying, wearing it well and worshipping from afar.

In Everything All At Once, Steven Camden’s poems speak to the kaleidoscope of teen experience and life at secondary school.

All together. Same place.
Same walls. Same space.
Every emotion 
under the sun
Faith lost. Victories won.
It doesn’t stop. Until the bell. 
Now it’s heaven
Now it’s hell.
Who knows?
Not me
I just wrote what I can see
So what’s it about? Here’s my response
It’s about everything
All at once.’

 (AMAZON BLURB)

The Review

I love stories told in verse. Everything All at Once is one such novella.

Steve Camden shows the experiences of being in high school. We see teenagers falling out and falling in love. We see the insecurities of students and inspirational teachers. It covers most aspects of high school and from various perspectives.

Everything All at Once really is a quick and enjoyable read. Pick it up and give it a try.

Everything All at Once by Steven Camden is available now.

For more information regarding Macmillan Children’s Books (@MacmillanKidsUK) please visit www.panmacmillan.com.