“For women who are ‘difficult’ to love.” by Warsan Shire

I wanted to share something a little different today.

Specifically, I want to share a poem by Warsan Shire. She is a contemporary poet and a fantastic poet in general. Her spoken word poem “For women who are ‘difficult’ to love.” is one that a friend shared a few years ago and has stayed with me over the years. There are several fan-made videos that try to capture the feel of Warsan’s spoken word recording, but this is my favorite:

There are many poems and songs about heartbreak, but there are few that capture the feeling of simply being too much.


There are a lot of other contemporary poets I have been following lately. Here is the short list:

Rudy Francisco
Neil Hilborn
Ross Gay
Porsha Olayiwola
Olivia Gatwood

It is truly refreshing to hear an intersectional set of generational peers speak with conviction after the past few months and years.

Author: Keelin Billue

Chicago-based writer by way of Alabama, New Orleans, and Nashville. Writes primarily about music, sports (sort of), and the topics that piss people off at work and family holidays.

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