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Posted @withrepost • @globalpoetcult [Bio] @nayyirah.waheed : Nayyirah Waheed, a female African-American poet, started writing at the age of eleven when she was assigned to write a poem for the community newspaper by her English teacher. She calls herself a ‘quiet poet’, and does not share details about her life on media. Waheed's themes are complex — countries and diaspora, immigration and cultural appropriation, Love and Pain, Feminism, Healing and Anger, developed with a warm emotional voice full of understanding what it is to be human, which pleads for embracing the (own) distinctiveness. Her use of punctuation, lowercase letters, and brevity of lines deviate from the traditional rules of poetry and support this message of uniqueness.
Nayyirah self-published her first book ‘Salt’ in 2013, as she found it difficult to find a publisher because of her pioneer approach. ‘Salt’ was a success, and she amassed a loyal readership on Twitter and Instagram, before publishing her second book, ‘Nejma’ in 2015. Both ‘Salt’ and ‘Nejma’ have been highly praised by critics and are studied in classrooms, and she has been described as "perhaps the most famous poet on Instagram".
Nayyirah Waheed says that by reading black female poets she has been encouraged to embrace race through her poetry. The use of imagery and energy in her words was inspired by works of her favorite poet Sonia Sanchez. Waheed also mentions Maya Angelou to be another poet who influenced her work.
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