Warsan Shire and Beyonce’s Lemonade—Wellesley College NaPoWriMo

Laura Mayron ’16 reflects on Warsan Shire and Beyonce’s Lemonade on our NaPoWriMo Blog

Wellesley College NaPoWriMo

By Laura Mayron ’16

Processed with VSCOcam with a6 preset Processed with VSCOcam with a6 preset

“you are terrifying / and strange and beautiful / something not everyone knows how to love” –Warsan Shire, “For Women Who Are Difficult to Love”

I’ve been a huge fan of Somali-British poet Warsan Shire’s work since I first stumbled across her poetry in 2012, when I first read “For Women Who Are Difficult to Love”: the lines above have carried me through my late teens and early twenties as I navigated changing sexuality and my own experience as a young poet. It’s easy to understand then, that the chills that I got hearing this poem spoken by none other than Beyonce in her stunning new visual album Lemonade, released just this Saturday, were immediate and electric. Specifically, Beyonce uses adaptations and words from a handful of Shire’s poems, including “For Women Who Are Difficult To Love,” “The unbearable weight…

View original post 234 more words

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s