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The Fat Black Woman’s Poems

Nichols, Grace
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group (Virago Press Ltd)
Published: September 13, 1984
ISBN: 9780860686354
96 pages

£9.99

Beauty is a fat black woman walking the fields pressing a breezed hibiscus to her cheekwhile the sun lights up her feetA stunning collection of poems from prize-winning writer and poet Grace Nichols. 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’.

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