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5

Sep 12, 2016

Wow. I decided to pick this up on a whim for #DiverseAThon and I am beyond happy that I did. This was extremely powerful and moving. Many of the poems brought me to tears. This is without a doubt the best poetry collection I have ever read.
I am amazed at how in just a few short words, Nayyirah can invoke so much emotion.
I will definitely be reading this again many many times.

I am going to insert a few of my favorite poems, but seriously every single one is a gem.

I am the line.
on both sides Wow. I decided to pick this up on a whim for #DiverseAThon and I am beyond happy that I did. This was extremely powerful and moving. Many of the poems brought me to tears. This is without a doubt the best poetry collection I have ever read.
I am amazed at how in just a few short words, Nayyirah can invoke so much emotion.
I will definitely be reading this again many many times.

I am going to insert a few of my favorite poems, but seriously every single one is a gem.

I am the line.
on both sides there are songs
in my name
-bi

I am a black wave
in
a white sea.
always seen
and
unseen.
-the difference

For me
there is no other.
because there is no default.
everyone
is
a variation of life.
-the human being | the human gender | the human sex
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4

Jan 17, 2014

These poems prove how powerful words are, most of them are only 3 lines long, but they hit me like a 1000 page novel.
5

Sep 15, 2016

salt. is a journey through warmth and sharpness. This collection of poetry explores the realities of multiple identities, language, diasporic life & pain, the self, community, healing, celebration, and love.

This was one of the most important poetry collection Ive read to date.
In the short amount of pages that I got to read, I felt like I got to know both myself and the author so well. Nayyirah Waheed captivated me from start to finish.

Here are a few (...too many) of my favorites:

even the salt. is a journey through warmth and sharpness. This collection of poetry explores the realities of multiple identities, language, diasporic life & pain, the self, community, healing, celebration, and love.

This was one of the most important poetry collection I’ve read to date.
In the short amount of pages that I got to read, I felt like I got to know both myself and the author so well. Nayyirah Waheed captivated me from start to finish.

Here are a few (...too many) of my favorites:

“even the small poems mean something. they are often
whales in the bodies of tiny fish.”

“what
massacre
happens to my son
between
him
living within my skin.
drinking my cells.
my water.
my organs.
and
his soft psyche turning cruel.
does he not remember
he
is half woman.”
— from

“would
you still want to travel to
that
country
if
you could not take a camera with you.”
— a question of appropriation

“black women breathe flowers, too.
just because
we are taught to grow them in the lining of our quiet (our
grandmothers secret)
does not mean
we do not swelter with wild tenderness.
we soft swim.
we petal.
we scent limbs.
love.
we just have been too long a garden for sharp and deadly
teeth.
so we
have
grown
ourselves
into
greenhouses.”
— greenhouses

“when you are struggling
in your
writing (art).
it usually means
you
are hearing one thing.
but
writing (creating) another.”
—honest | risk

“i bleed
every month.
but
do not die.
how am i
not
magic.”
— the lie

“sit in the ocean.
it is one of the best medicines
on the planet.”
— the water

THIS!!!!!

“i don’t pay attention to the
world ending.
it has ended for me
many times
and began again in the morning.”

“you
see your face.
you
see a flaw.
how. if you are the only one who has this face.”
— the beauty construct

“i am simply the poet.
the
poem
is
the one
that
can change your life.”
— medium

“i am a brutally soft woman.”

“i am a black wave
in
a white sea.
always seen
and
unseen.”
— the difference

“what
we hide
and do not
say
turns into
another mouth
that
only we know.”
— mouths

“there is you and you.
this is a relationship.
this is the most important relationship.”
— home

“why can we never
talk
about the blood.
the blood of our ancestors.
the blood of our history.
the blood between our legs.”
— blood

“your heart is the softest place on earth. take care of it.”

“if
the ocean
can calm itself
so can you.
we
are both
salt water
mixed
with
air.”
— meditation

“you.
not wanting me.
was
the beginning of me
wanting myself.
thank you.”
— the hurt

“stop speaking.
use your eyes, instead.”
— the eye fire

“can you be a daughter.
if you have no
mother language.”
— african american iii

“you do not have to be a fire
for
every mountain blocking you.
you could be a water
and
soft river your way to freedom
too.”
— options

“to not be safe on the earth.
simply
because
of the color of your skin.
how does a being survive this.”
— trayvon martin

“listen to my poems.
but
do not look for me.
look for you.”
— you

“no’
might make them angry
but
it will make you free.”
— if no one has ever told you, your freedom is more important than their anger

“never
trust anyone
who says
they do not see color.
this means
to them
you are invisible.”
— is

“when i am afraid to speak
is when i speak.
that is when it is most important.”
— the freedom in fear

“i am relieved.
when
i see the feminine presence
in a man’s eyes.
it means
he is a peace
i do not
have
to
bring to him.”
— ease

“apologize to your body.
maybe
that’s where the healing begins.”
— starting

“i have always been the woman of my dreams.”

“even if you are a small forest surviving off of moon alone.
your light is extraordinary.”
— reminder

“if someone
does not want me
it is not the end of the world
but
if i do not want me
the world is nothing but endings.”

“i am a dream still dreaming.”

“healing
begins
the moment
you
want it to.”
— time

“remember.
you were a writer
before
you ever
put
word to paper.
just because you were not writing
externally.
does not mean you were not writing
internally.”
— stories

“you
are
your
own
standard of
beauty.”
— mirror work

“it’s not about making you uncomfortable.
it’s about making me comfortable.”
— reparations

“‘i love myself.’
the
quietest.
simplest.
most
powerful.
revolution.
ever.”
— ism

“the thing you are most
afraid to write.

write that.”
— advice to young writers

Simply, salt. was an honest and enlightening read that dealt with a plethora of subjects such as racism, gender stereotyping and white-privilege just to name a few.

The writing and topics just completely took my breath away... I'm still in awe. This came at the perfect time for me to read and I cannot thank the writer enough.

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5

Mar 04, 2014

you.
not wanting me.
was
the beginning of me
wanting myself.
thank you
"the hurt"

chemistry
is
you touching my arm
and
it
setting fire to my mind
"flood"

i think one
of the most pathological
things i have ever seen
is
stabbing
someone
and
then telling them that
their
pain and anger
over being stabbed
is
making you sad.
"white guilt"


And that is just from the last 20 pages of this collection.
5

Sep 14, 2017

4.5 Stars

I was highly anticipating this, and I wasn't disappointed! Really eye-opening about race and gender, especially from the eyes of a woman of color. I definitely think it's a valuable read.

I'm super picky with writing style in poetry, and I was pleased with this. Most of the poems ended up being shorter than I expected, but they were short without being pretentious or overly-simple. The writing is imaginative and clever enough to let the short pieces stand for themselves, but the longer 4.5 Stars

I was highly anticipating this, and I wasn't disappointed! Really eye-opening about race and gender, especially from the eyes of a woman of color. I definitely think it's a valuable read.

I'm super picky with writing style in poetry, and I was pleased with this. Most of the poems ended up being shorter than I expected, but they were short without being pretentious or overly-simple. The writing is imaginative and clever enough to let the short pieces stand for themselves, but the longer pieces were also really meaningful and well-done.

I would say about 30% of these I was able to read in literally 5 seconds then turn the page, so I took off a half star just because I found myself almost skim-reading some more basic poems toward the middle/end. I wish there'd been more variety in length and subject matter (ie. the repetition of flowers and water). maybe the collection could have been shortened to solve this. ...more
2

Jan 03, 2017

i mean, the poems are nice and touching and important and all that
but
im kinda getting tired of this sort of poetry. (_)

it's
...annoying. i mean, the poems are nice and touching and important and all that
but
im kinda getting tired of this sort of poetry. (•_•)

it's
...annoying. ...more
5

Nov 13, 2017

A powerful and heartrending collection of poetry about identity, race and racism, the difficult yet fulfilling journey to self-love, and more. I so appreciate how Nayyirah Waheed makes her writing both powerful and soft, identifying the cruelties that come from prejudice and discrimination as well as the healing that accompanies therapy and self-compassion. As an Asian, more feminine individual who has gone through a lot of trauma in his life, these poems speak to me on a really personal level A powerful and heartrending collection of poetry about identity, race and racism, the difficult yet fulfilling journey to self-love, and more. I so appreciate how Nayyirah Waheed makes her writing both powerful and soft, identifying the cruelties that come from prejudice and discrimination as well as the healing that accompanies therapy and self-compassion. As an Asian, more feminine individual who has gone through a lot of trauma in his life, these poems speak to me on a really personal level (I taped one onto my wall at work and referenced it in my most recent blog post.) For anyone - in particular people of color or more feminine people - who want a voice that articulates our pain, our anger, and our path to wholeness, Salt may fit your heart well. I will end my review with six poems from the collection that moved me, though many more than six did:

"if someone
does not want me
it is not the end of the world.
but
if i do not want me.
the world is nothing but endings."

"there have been so many times
i have seen a man wanting to weep
but
instead
beat his heart until it was unconscious

- masculine"

"i think one
of the most pathological
things i have ever seen
is
stabbing
someone
and
then telling them that
their
pain and anger
over being stabbed
is
making you sad.

- white guilt"

if
a man
can
only show vulnerability
for
what is between my legs.
can
only
be
a
heart
during
sex.
if an orgasm
is
the only way
he
can weep.
what is his life
but
a cage.

- prison"

"do you think
calling me 'angry'
is an insult.
every time you call me 'angry'
i hear your voice salt with guilt
and
i laugh.
look how easy it is to reveal you.

- anger is a healthy and natural response to oppression"

"there is you and you.
this is a relationship.
this is the most important relationship.

- home" ...more
4

Dec 04, 2017

My whole life I have ate my tongue. Ate my tongue. Ate my tongue. I am so full of my tongue you would think speaking is easy. But it is not. Some words build houses in your throat and they live there. Content and on fire. There is a phantom language in my mouth. A tongue beneath my tongue. Will I ever remember what I sound like? Will I ever come home? I admit to not knowing of this author. I admit to not even knowing she had a book. Or two! I only followed her page on FB recently, content “My whole life I have ate my tongue. Ate my tongue. Ate my tongue. I am so full of my tongue you would think speaking is easy. But it is not. Some words build houses in your throat and they live there. Content and on fire. There is a phantom language in my mouth. A tongue beneath my tongue. Will I ever remember what I sound like? Will I ever come home?” I admit to not knowing of this author. I admit to not even knowing she had a book. Or two! I only followed her page on FB recently, content with an awesome quote every day. Until yesterday, that is. Yesterday, I saw the author is hosting a free Kindle giveaway for both her books. I, being a greedy bastard, downloaded both of them in a jiffy, excited at the thought of a free read! I downloaded a book, rather two, that is hardly my forte. Poetry! Only, it was Lady Fortuna smiling at me and blessing me with what my friends know I was looking for. A short and amazing read! I read this book in a single day. I literally didn’t work all day skimmed work heavily at office. “Even the small poems mean something. They are often whales in the bodies of tiny fish.” Could it be that the author was talking about her own poems in this little poem? I think so. I think she knew the worth of her words. This book is THE SHORTEST thing I ever read bcz even when it is numbered at 251 pages, each piece on each page is about 4-5 lines on an average but that’s not what made it such a short read. It was the fact that I was in love! “She asked ‘you are in love what does love look like’ to which I replied ‘like everything I’ve ever lost come back to me.’” That quote! I don’t really know what to tell you about the book. Truly don’t. I can only try to tell you that this book has a lot to offer. Some of the usual topics like love & heartbreak and some not so much. Racism is a very strong topic in this book with some really strong pieces about it. I think I preferred a much mellower one. “White people try to take blackness. Pour it out rub it into their skin and wear us like they know what we about. But honey it’s only ever gon’ be a suntan. You ain’t neva gon’ be black.” I loved how the author graced us men with a few compassionate words, of which this is my personal fav. “Men give birth, too. To children, to longings, to dreams. That they must hide. Their stomachs, their uteruses, their hungers, their softness, their cravings for touch. To be a man is the thing that closes their light and eats their eyes.” I have grown as a reader a lot over the past year or so. I know that now. I know it for a fact bcz now I have the capability to spot something beautiful even when doesn’t reach me or even when it is lost on me personally. I don’t think I could lay claim over this capability a year ago. Now I can. This book is a terribly beautiful thing. Some of it didn’t reach me. Made me feel nothing. A few rare pieces I couldn’t even understand but trust me when I tell you, on the whole, it’s gorgeous!

One can only say the phrase "pouring one's heart out" but it never really compares and will always be an understatement to the Hindi phrase "dil nikal ke rakh dena". This book is that Hindi phrase. It’s a heart of hearts on a platter. Look, but don’t touch. Taste, but don’t gnaw. Keep it on the tip of your tongue. Savor it, like your first kiss. Tender. Let it wash over you, body and soul. Hold it in your hands, caressing gently, as your lover's hand. Don't read it. Feel it, and in a small way, you will have lived it. And what more could you possibly ask for? “If I write what you may feel but cannot say, it does not make me a poet. It makes me a bridge. And I am humbled and I am grateful to assist your heart in speaking.”
PS: I have added punctuations to all of the quotes bcz the poems themselves are devoid of them and I wanted to make them more readable in my review. The fact that this book is written in such a different weird fashion, only adds to the beauty of it. “Perfect in all its imperfections!”

PPS: The opening quote is not one piece. Its 3! I combined them. Yes, 3 different pieces. Pieces of a whole. Go figure! ...more
0

Jan 08, 2017

everything
can
be
a
poem
these
days
if
you
write
without
capital
letters
and
use
lots
of
enter
and fullstops.
4

Jan 04, 2016

Salt. is a collection of poetry by Nayyirah Waheed. I wanted to know more about her and her life, but I didn't find anything. I guess we get to actually know her through her poems.
I wouldn't even call it a book because it is more than that. It isn't just a story told through written words. These poems speak to your heart. They invite you inside yourself and let you discover quieter moments and unspoken thoughts. Nayyirah gives a voice to thousands of stories while telling us just her own. She Salt. is a collection of poetry by Nayyirah Waheed. I wanted to know more about her and her life, but I didn't find anything. I guess we get to actually know her through her poems.
I wouldn't even call it a book because it is more than that. It isn't just a story told through written words. These poems speak to your heart. They invite you inside yourself and let you discover quieter moments and unspoken thoughts. Nayyirah gives a voice to thousands of stories while telling us just her own. She does that beautifully. I am no expert in poetry, but it gave me goose bumps while I was reading. Obviously some pages had a deeper meaning for me and other not, but I feel connected to this collection.
Salt. encompasses the most important of unspoken words. It manifests the realization of what it means to be a a woman of color, a mother in the African diaspora and a human. It embraces self love and encourages the expression of emotion. There is a mix of short stories and poems about life, love, nature and self.
It is quite a short read and not too wordy, but those words will hit right where you least expect it. That's the power of poetry. I loved that most of the poems seemed to be a definition in the wider dictionary of life. It was a small detail, but I really appreciated it. It felt like I had Nayyirah by my side helping me understand her work.
It is a very powerful read and I am so glad I had the chance to pick it up. I highly encourage everyone who likes poetry and feels the need to read something not too laborious to read this short collection. It is 250 pages long, but I assure you you are going to fly through it. The themes it revolves around are also very present nowadays. I personally think this work can give you a different point of view of a different reality we hardly see portrayed at the moment. It explores, in fact, the realities of multiple identities, language, life and love.

Here are the poems that really struck me as I was reading.

you broke the ocean in half to be here.
only to meet nothing that wants you.
– immigrant

she was the color of evening husk
and salt
i wore my voice with her sometimes
my fragrance,
others
she was a beautiful place to bare my legs
night my countries
and
eat the hot winter
– thaw

i am your friend.
a soul for your soul.
a place for your life.
home.
know this.
sun or water.
here or away.
we are a lighthouse.
we leave.
and we stay.
– lighthouse

your heart is
the softest place
on earth. take
care of it.

‘no’
might make them angry.
but
it will make you free.
– if no one has ever told you, your freedom is
more important than their anger

when i am afraid to speak
is when i speak.
that is when it is most important.
– the freedom in fear

a black woman
can write of
loneliness.
or
love
or softness.
or the moon.
you may try valiantly
to cripple her.
but she will still grow flowers in her flesh.
– a genocide of flowers

you are not a mistake. you are too
many exquisite details to be a mistake.

you are a story.
do not become a word.
one word.
because you want to be loved.
love does not ask you to be nothing
for
something.
– name

i touched her in the middle of her heart.
i never saw her again.
– scar

the thing you are most
afraid to write.

write that.
– advice to young writers

i think one
of the most pathological
things i have ever seen
is
stabbing
someone
and
telling them that
their
pain and anger
over being stabbed
is
making you sad.
– white guilt

the wounds have changed me,
i am so soft with scars
my skin
breathes and beats stars.



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5

Apr 13, 2017

stunning. simply stunning.

Salt is without a doubt the best poetry collection I've read and I know I will not only be rereading it many times throughout my life, but also recommending it to as many people as possible. I was almost moved to tears multiple times (if I didn't have such a tin man heart, I'm sure I would have been...) I couldn't recommend this more highly. I don't think I will ever tire of reading this and I'm almost certain, each time I read it, I will find else more to admire. After stunning. simply stunning.

Salt is without a doubt the best poetry collection I've read and I know I will not only be rereading it many times throughout my life, but also recommending it to as many people as possible. I was almost moved to tears multiple times (if I didn't have such a tin man heart, I'm sure I would have been...) I couldn't recommend this more highly. I don't think I will ever tire of reading this and I'm almost certain, each time I read it, I will find else more to admire. After finishing this, I'm not sure wether my heart is broken or quadrupled in size and I kind of love that. Please, please read this book. Nayyirah Waheed has a way with words I've not come across before and it's utterly wonderful! ...more
5

May 21, 2016


I talk about rereading this book in this reading wrap-up!

This is such a brilliant collection, filled with heart and meaning, all in such a limited amount of words. I'm amazed at how much Waheed can communicate on a couple of lines and in a handful of words. She captures entire experiences and complicated emotions with a sentence and a title. It left me in awe on a number of occasions.

I didn't always understand the formatting choices. Sometimes, she breaks up lines in such a way to emphasize
I talk about rereading this book in this reading wrap-up!

This is such a brilliant collection, filled with heart and meaning, all in such a limited amount of words. I'm amazed at how much Waheed can communicate on a couple of lines and in a handful of words. She captures entire experiences and complicated emotions with a sentence and a title. It left me in awe on a number of occasions.

I didn't always understand the formatting choices. Sometimes, she breaks up lines in such a way to emphasize specific words or add some rhythm to her words. Other times it felt too choppy and it disturbed the meaning of the poems for me. Clearly, though, I still gave this five stars because it deserves it. I also have a feeling that the format things I didn't like would feel better upon reread and this is certainly a collection I mean to reread.

i don't pay attention to the
world ending.
it has ended for me
many times
and began again in the morning.

we lay
in our country.
love makes us a homeland
- bed

if someone
does not want me
it is not the end of the world.
but
if I do not want me.
the world is nothing but endings

i think one
of the most pathological
things i have ever seen
is
stabbing
someone
and
then telling them that
their
pain and anger
over being stabbed
is
making you sad.
- white guilt




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3

Aug 09, 2016

Salt. is a beautiful and inspiring book. It will take you on a journey to explore what is it like to be a woman of color, a mother in the African diaspora and a human being.
The book was greatly blunt & straight-forward and absolutely beautiful & alluring. It was both heartbreaking and breathtaking.

I read it four times and I am pretty sure I will be re-reading it again and again. you just don't get tired of reading these words.



Here are some of my favorite parts:

my
english is broken.
on Salt. is a beautiful and inspiring book. It will take you on a journey to explore what is it like to be a woman of color, a mother in the African diaspora and a human being.
The book was greatly blunt & straight-forward and absolutely beautiful & alluring. It was both heartbreaking and breathtaking.

I read it four times and I am pretty sure I will be re-reading it again and again. you just don't get tired of reading these words.



Here are some of my favorite parts:

my
english is broken.
on purpose.
you
have to try harder to understand
me.
breaking this language
you so love
is my pleasure.
in your arrogance
you presume that i want your skinny language.
that my mouth is building a room for
it
in the back of my throat
it is not.
– i have seven different words for love. you have only one. that makes a lot of sense.



i want more ‘men’
with flowers falling from their skin.
more water in their eyes.
more tremble in their bodies.
more women in their hearts
than
on their hands.
more softness in their height.
more honesty in their voice.
more wonder.
more humility in their feet.
– less



stay is a sensitive word.
we wear
who stayed
and
who left
in our skin forever.
– sojourn



my whole life
i have
ate my tongue.
ate my tongue.
ate my tongue.
i am so full of my tongue
you would think speaking is easy.
but it is not.
– for we who keep our lives in our mouths




men give birth, too.
to children.
to longings.
to dreams.
that they must hide.
their stomachs.
their uteruses.
their hungers.
their softness.
their cravings for touch.
to be
a
man.
is the thing
that closes their light.
and
eats their eyes.
– him




there is you and you.
this is a relationship.
this is the most important relationship.
– home




i am not yours.
i did not make the long hard journey through and across
the spirit world
to be a man’s ocean.
my body is not yours.
my mouth is not yours.
my water is not yours.
nothing i am belongs to you.
unless i decide
to
open my hand
and
give it to you.
– birthmarks




i have always been the woman of my dreams.




you are not a mistake. you are too many exquisite details to be a mistake.





i fell apart many times.
so.
what does that say about me
besides
i live through
wars.





i think one
of the most pathological
things i have ever seen
is
stabbing
someone
and
then telling them that
their
pain and anger
over being stabbed
is
making you sad.
– white guilt





‘i love myself.’
the
quietest.
simplest.
most
powerful.
revolution.
ever.
–ism ...more
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Aug 16, 2016

It still amazes me that how can words have such an effect on us. Words, "Such a simple word yet a complicated one. Some words can destroy you, some can heal you, some can change you, some can break you"

This book was utterly beautiful, yeah it is Beautiful, Amazing I must say. Because never once Poetry played with this force with my heart and mind. I am not a huge fan of poetry. But yet this book, this gem made me a fan of it. I was always wary of picking any Poetry book but now whenever I found It still amazes me that how can words have such an effect on us. Words, "Such a simple word yet a complicated one. Some words can destroy you, some can heal you, some can change you, some can break you"

This book was utterly beautiful, yeah it is Beautiful, Amazing I must say. Because never once Poetry played with this force with my heart and mind. I am not a huge fan of poetry. But yet this book, this gem made me a fan of it. I was always wary of picking any Poetry book but now whenever I found a good potential Poetry book I won't wait for anything and pick it up in a blink just by remembering my experience with salt..

These are some of the poem which hit home like nothing else.

what
massacre
happens to my son
between
him
living within my skin
drinking my cells
my water
my organs
and
his soft psyche turning cruel.
does he not remember
he
is half woman.

~She asked
'you are in love
What does love look like'
to which I replied
'like everything I've ever lost
come back to me.'

~My whole life
I have
ate my tongue.
ate my tongue.
ate my tongue.
I am so full of my tongue
You would think speaking is easy.
But it is not.
___ for we who keep our lives in our mouths.


~I don't pay attention to the world ending.
It has ended for me
many times
and began again in the morning.

i think one
of the most pathological
things i have ever seen
is
stabbing
someone
and
then telling them that
their
pain and anger
over being stabbed
is
making you sad.
"white guilt"

" what i never
learned
from my mother
was that
just because some desires you.
does
not mean they value you.
desire is that kind of thing that
eats you
and
leaves you starving.

-- the colours of low self esteem. "

“i bleed
every month.
but
do not die.
how am i not magic.
– the lie” ...more
5

Jan 11, 2017

you.
are your own
standard of beauty.

mirror work

One of my many favorite parts of this beautiful, powerful, moving poetry novel. you.
are your own
standard of beauty.

–mirror work

One of my many favorite parts of this beautiful, powerful, moving poetry novel. ...more
1

Oct 30, 2016

Not my cup of tea. I've set the bars too high for this book because of its numerous positive reviews and for its interesting subjects such as the African culture, love, motherhood, race, self-empowerment and womanhood. I must say, there were a handful of pieces that were good, but most of her poems were lacking deeper meaning. It did touch others hearts, but not mine...
4

Jan 26, 2018

Words need not be plenty to pour your heart out. In Salt, Nayyirah Waheed has spilled out her heart and soul in brief, succinct poems. I stumbled across one of her poems on Instagram and can't say enough on how glad I am to have found out about this book.

The words in here are inspiring, enlightening and simply stunning. They would make you reflect and yearn, would make you angry but would also make you love yourself a little bit more and maybe, just maybe, hit you right where you least expect Words need not be plenty to pour your heart out. In Salt, Nayyirah Waheed has spilled out her heart and soul in brief, succinct poems. I stumbled across one of her poems on Instagram and can't say enough on how glad I am to have found out about this book.

The words in here are inspiring, enlightening and simply stunning. They would make you reflect and yearn, would make you angry but would also make you love yourself a little bit more and maybe, just maybe, hit you right where you least expect it to.

I'll quote a few favorites below.

getting yourself together.
what about undoing yourself.
– the fix

healing
begins
the moment
you
want it to.
– time

you
see your face.
you
see a flaw.
how. if you are the only one who has this face.
– the beauty construct

where
you are.
is not
who
you are.
– circumstances

my whole life
i have
ate my tongue.
ate my tongue.
ate my tongue.
i am so full of my tongue
you would think speaking is easy.
but it is not.
– for we who keep our lives in our mouths

she asked
you are in love
what does love look like
to which I replied
like everything I've ever lost
come back to me.

The multitude and depth of emotions expressed in these few lines can only be comprehended when you give this a chance. Recommended if poetry is your thing and also if you're okay with freestyle writing. ...more
2

May 17, 2019

I dislike giving low ratings, especially for poetry, but this one, although it contained some hits, there were also quite a lot of misses. I'd heard pretty positive things in regards to this, and I was expecting so much more. Maybe that was the problem. It was excessively overhyped.

There were some that stood out to me, but not in the sense of blowing me away. Here are a couple;

"Why can we never
talk
about the blood.
the blood of our ancestors.
the blood of our history.
the blood between our I dislike giving low ratings, especially for poetry, but this one, although it contained some hits, there were also quite a lot of misses. I'd heard pretty positive things in regards to this, and I was expecting so much more. Maybe that was the problem. It was excessively overhyped.

There were some that stood out to me, but not in the sense of blowing me away. Here are a couple;

"Why can we never
talk
about the blood.
the blood of our ancestors.
the blood of our history.
the blood between our legs."

"When I am afraid to speak
is when I speak.
that is when it is most important."

I found that there were many one liners, such as this;

"Are your eyes blushing?"

For me, I can obviously understand how eyes blush, but lines like these doesn't make this book wonderful, as I know that Waheed has demonstrated her talent somewhat more expressively, earlier on in the book. There is potential for Waheed to become a great poet, but Salt, definitely doesn't do her talent justice. ...more
2

May 25, 2017

Not really my thing ????♀ Not really my thing ????????‍♀️ ...more
4

Jan 14, 2018

Wow, I did not expect this. This type of poetry isn't really my thing, but some of these were so powerful they almost brought tears to my eyes.

Some themes present in this book:
colonisation
being African American
racism
bisexuality
feminism
body positivity
motherhood
writing
heartbreak
love
3

Jan 16, 2017

A good collection of poems about love, healing, harsh realities, self empowerment, feminism, travel etc. The poems are in variety. They're complex, deep, raw and heartfelt though some of them are quite hit or miss to me. Still, it's a good poetry book.
4

Apr 24, 2014

i knew
read
sonia sanchez.
nikki giovanni.
audre lorde.
before
i ever even
heard the name
charles bukowski.
finally,
a proper education.
the order affects us, nayyirah waheed i knew
read
sonia sanchez.
nikki giovanni.
audre lorde.
before
i ever even
heard the name
charles bukowski.
finally,
a proper education.
— the order affects us, nayyirah waheed ...more
5

May 05, 2014

leaving
doesn't mean that
you've left

-Nayyirah Waheed (Salt.)

There is so much of unadulterated heart in Salt. that it actually feels like a blood filled fist sized organ pumping pain in the pages of this collection. Nayyirah Waheed writes fluidly as if she is not writing in any particular language but poetry itself is a language she chose to express her thoughts on various topics. An Exquisite Read...
5

Jul 04, 2016

Undoubtedly, I adore this book.
What a gem!

Absolutely
Brilliant
Beautiful
&
Breathtaking.

°●○°°●○°°● The End ●°°○●°°●°

Obviously Not, this is my favourite and I can't let it go without adding my favourite poems ^_^

~my
mother
was
my first country.
The first place I ever lived.
__ Lands


~As a child
there was either
books
or
pain
I chose books
__ how I became a writer


~She asked
'you are in love
What does love look like'
to which I replied
'like everything I've ever lost
come back to me.'


~If your light Undoubtedly, I adore this book.
What a gem!

Absolutely
Brilliant
Beautiful
&
Breathtaking.

°•●○•°°•●○•°°•● The End ●•°°•○●•°°•●•°

Obviously Not, this is my favourite and I can't let it go without adding my favourite poems ^_^

~my
mother
was
my first country.
The first place I ever lived.
__ Lands


~As a child
there was either
books
or
pain
I chose books
__ how I became a writer


~She asked
'you are in love
What does love look like'
to which I replied
'like everything I've ever lost
come back to me.'


~If your light falls out of your mouth
Pick it up.
(and
put it back)
__ Noor


~Sometimes
there is more water
in a poem
than in the sea


~My whole life
I have
ate my tongue.
ate my tongue.
ate my tongue.
I am so full of my tongue
You would think speaking is easy.
But it is not.
___ for we who keep our lives in our mouths.


~Writing.
is the way
your being speaks to you.
__ Conversations


~You are trailing long dust
across
our heart.
There is an easier way to leave.
__ Over


~I am a black wave
in
a white sea.
always seen
and
unseen.
__ the difference


~I don't pay attention to the world ending.
It has ended for me
many times
and began again in the morning.

P.S:
~I want to
write
more
more
&
more
all the lines
Flowing like wine
In my mind.....
Then I said
Wake up
Wake up
Ammara Abid,
you're Not
Nayyirah Waheed
and you can't wrote
Her entire book here.
__ My Undying Emotions ♡ ...more
1

Jul 31, 2017

Ugh. I really need to read some good writing after reading this and milk and honey. This slightly better than m&h, but not by much, it has more integrity and conviction, at least.

The two are similar, I can see why the plagiarism claims exist. But honestly, they're mainly similar because the ideas are really superficially worked out, there's no metaphor, there's confusion, lots of feelings and no mastery.

They both fall back on using poetic imagery that makes no sense and has no discernible Ugh. I really need to read some good writing after reading this and milk and honey. This slightly better than m&h, but not by much, it has more integrity and conviction, at least.

The two are similar, I can see why the plagiarism claims exist. But honestly, they're mainly similar because the ideas are really superficially worked out, there's no metaphor, there's confusion, lots of feelings and no mastery.

They both fall back on using poetic imagery that makes no sense and has no discernible resonance at the worst of times, and is on the nose and obvious at the best of times.

There's something quite egotistical in the writing of both these poets, they're turned inward too much.

I don't want to be too negative about this book and milk and honey, but it's hard. I respect their experiences and lives as WoC. I'll say they have some talent, as compared to the general population, but they haven't developed it much. I read this stuff and it reminds me of my Livejournal entries when I was 15. This is just not good writing, it's only just passable as poetry. And at the worst of times reads like a tumblr post generator.

This is just a spontaneous review as I'm trying to get into the habit of writing them more.

Now to find some good literature. Holy hell. ...more

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