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Sep 12, 2016Wow. 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.
Jan 17, 2014These poems prove how powerful words are, most of them are only 3 lines long, but they hit me like a 1000 page novel.
Sep 15, 2016salt. 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.
Mar 04, 2014you.
Sep 14, 20174.5 Stars
Jan 03, 2017i mean, the poems are nice and touching and important and all that
Nov 13, 2017A 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:
Dec 04, 2017My 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!
Jan 08, 2017everything
Jan 04, 2016Salt. 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.
Apr 13, 2017stunning. simply stunning.
May 21, 2016
Aug 09, 2016Salt. 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.
Aug 16, 2016It 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"
Jan 11, 2017you.
Oct 30, 2016Not 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...
Jan 26, 2018Words 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.
May 17, 2019I 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.
May 25, 2017Not really my thing ????♀ Not really my thing ????????♀️ ...more
Jan 14, 2018Wow, 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.
Jan 16, 2017A 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.
Apr 24, 2014i knew
May 05, 2014leaving
Jul 04, 2016Undoubtedly, I adore this book.
Jul 31, 2017Ugh. 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.
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