1. Your father walks like a crab:

Written by writer/architect/entrepreneur/creativist, Tolu Akinyemi. The book is the first of the series “poetry for those who hate poetry”, and is written in a light, whimsical and witty voice on issues based on the writer’s experiences and observations. Forget whatever you have been told about poetry, because Tolu Akinyemi’s collections will teach you something new.

2. I laugh at these skinny girls:

It is the second collection of Tolu Akinyemi’s “poetry for those who hate poetry” series. A refreshing take on all that makes up poetry, written with a humorous and light hearted voice that is bound to make most haters of poetry into lovers of the art. It will change whatever you think you know about poetry.

3. Salt:

Written by Nayyirah Waheed, Salt is a collection of poetry evoking deep and thoughtful human emotions many would otherwise traipse through the world without discovering. Her works are famously written in the lower case and with full stops that cause an indelible imprint in the minds and hearts of readers especially in combination with the simple and straightforward language she uses.

4. Nejma:

Also written by poet, Nayyirah Waheed, a writer whose work explores themes solely familiar to people of color and who has received a lot of criticism for it. But the collection explores emotions that is similar to everyday African and Black life and culture. It exposes and evokes a multitude of feelings POC can relate to.

5. Bone:

Written by Yrsa Daley-Ward, Bone is another magnificent work of art which is similar in its tone to Salt/Nejma by poet, Nayyirah Waheed. Yrsa Daley-Ward is a writer and poet born to a Jamaican mother and a Nigerian father. The collection explores themes that are familiar to both her heritage and religious upbringing.


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