“salt.” by Nayyirah Waheed

SaltIt’s hard to talk about a powerful piece of work. It’s hard to give a comprehensive overview of it while also trying to impart the effect it had on me while reading. Such is the case with Nayyirah Waheed’s collection of poems, salt.

I call it a powerful piece of work because of how strongly I connected to it. It’s as if she was speaking to me, as if we had lived the same life and had the same experiences. Many facets of my life and personality is expressed in Waheed’s poems: my love of nature and art; my willingness to write; being Black and female; being an immigrant. It’s one of few books I’ve read and seen myself reflected back at me and for that I appreciate and treasure this collection of poems.

I must also thank Darkowaa, whose wonderful review of salt. drove me to pick it up and give it a try. I don’t regularly read poetry. In fact, I don’t like poems. My high-school AP classes scarred me in that regard. But I liked the poem Darkowaa highlighted in her review. It’s one of my favorites in the collection. Here it is:

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Weekend Reads #38: Book Haul #19: Absence and Poetry

Weekend Reads is a weekly discussion on a variety of topics. Usually after this introduction, I would post a topic or question and then my reflection or response to it. Obviously, I’ve chosen to forgo a topic/question for this weekend. Instead, I will post a book haul not because it’s an easy post to do…

Well, yes, that is part of the reason, actually. I woke up this morning to the realization that February is almost done. This week and two measley days after that is all we have left of February. It’s as if it had no middle. Just a start and a finish. Along with that sudden realization, I also noticed that I did none of what I planned to do, blog-wise, in February, which was to post a few reviews and also a Wishes for My TBR post, which I do every month. What happened?

Well, I was busy with work and stressed from personal worries which drained me and made me not want to blog or sometimes read. That set me back. I don’t know when I’ll be back on track but for now, here’s February’s book haul.

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