The Fat Black Woman's Poems: From the winner of the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry 2021 (Virago Poets)

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The Fat Black Woman's Poems: From the winner of the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry 2021 (Virago Poets)

The Fat Black Woman's Poems: From the winner of the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry 2021 (Virago Poets)

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The Fat Black Woman lives in a world whose ‘Everyman’ – that suspicious hero who has since migrated from literature to Hollywood and so still stands today as the standard bearer of ‘the universal story’ – is almost always slim, white and male.

You’re gonna get this skin, this body, this hair, and this gay lady all up in your face without apology. Celebrating five decades of the feminist publisher, each of the Five Gold Reads represents an iconic moment in Virago's history, from the 1970s to today. Grace Nichols gives us images that stare us straight in the eye, images of joy, challenge, accusation.

To believe in the progress of the victimised is to believe that only now have they advanced to the point of deserving greater inclusion. GOOD BITS: It was a particularly grey day and I was feeling grim about the mouth and like knocking people’s hats off, so I picked up this book and the poems made me feel sad and happy and seen. In comparison, the sorts of sights offered in such places as Africa and America, though undoubtedly very exciting, would, I am sure, strike the objective viewer as inferior on account of their unseemly demonstrativeness.

These are words that have been attached to my own work but which I suggest act as a sort of dog whistle criticism. Also, downloading offline maps from Google is a game changer in case you find yourself in an area without SIM card or wifi accessibility. Despite her strong sense of self and her humorous outlook, it is not always easy for the Fat Black Woman.

This leaves me with two questions for you: What has helped you navigate your intersections while traveling?



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