The Fat Black Woman's Poems (Virago Poets) Paperback – 13 Sep 1984
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Deliciously inert and self contented, the fat black woman mocks oppression by the scandal of being herself... (INDEPENDENT on Sunday)
Run naturally and economically off the tongue. Beneath the folk rhythms and the lyrical simplicities, Nichols's poems preach disquiet (OBSERVER)
* A popular collection of poems from the award-winning writer and poet
* 'The feisty Fat Black Woman takes on politicians, the slimming industry, fatness, blackness, and womanhood' Guardian
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Nichols' verse zings with a straightforward assertiveness, and yet is redolent with flavour. With a few carefully-placed words, she recalls both cold urban spaces and warm, far-off islands, yet firmly resists sentimentalism and the holidaymaker's trappings of palm trees and seashells. Nichols, then, is real, and her voice convincing, whole, bold. Indeed, I was rather surprised to discover our confident Fat Black Woman is, in actuality, a skinny black woman instead. But like Nichols, it's irrelevant which social strata you come from; we all have a little fat black woman inside us.
Grace Nichols uses poetry vibrant with imagery of culture, colors and fills the pages with life. You gain a sense of how she feels the duality derived from living in two cultures. She also challenges the usual ideas of what beauty is.
This was so worth reading and will read more by this author.
This collection contains her 'Fat Black Woman's' poems and are a perfect introduction to Nichols' style and content.
Poems such as 'The Fat Black Woman Goes Shopping' and 'On Beauty' will make you examine the way you view the world and perhaps even change the way you look at yourself.
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