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Salt

The cover is so simple I fought hard with myself on how to best showcase it, finally deciding to let it speak for itself. Personally, I enjoy the simple cover art (or lack thereof) as it drives all attention to the content. Waheed is also the poet behind another poetry book, "nejma," which is in complete contrast in cover work. Where "salt" is simple to the point of being plain, "nejma" is vibrant with explosions from the universe in outstanding colors.


Nayyirah Waheed is one of the most influential poets I have read recently, transforming her pain and experience into universally understood and powerful work. She shares her journey of self-empowerment, feminist encouragement, celebration of identity, and the reality of the multiple paths of life. Her fresh language choices compliment her concise format and express her life as a minority. No. Not as a minority. But as a black woman. As an African mother. As a person formed from the words she has written. I cannot recommend this book highly enough.


If you liked "Salt," you should definitely take a look at the works such as "Bone," "Milk and Honey," and "Teaching My Mother How To Give Birth" completed by vibrant poets that speak to the heart and form experiences that can only be described as surreal and thought-provoking. 

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