I contain multitudes.

Do I contradict myself? Very well then I contradict myself; (I am large, I contain multitudes.) - Walt Whitman Song of Myself - Leaves of Grass (1892-92) When we are kids, we hardly ever question who we are; we just are. I was an exuberant child and my emotions were intense. Whether I was happy, … Continue reading I contain multitudes.

The Power

Naomi Alderman's book The Power is very popular and features Margaret Atwood's review on the cover, which describes it as "Electrifying". This made it very promising but I always remain skeptical when a book is appreciated by the audience at large. However, Atwood's opinion matters to me (I wrote my MA thesis on The Handmaid's Tale) so … Continue reading The Power

Take me home yaqay

Yaqay - Somali word used to emphasize emotion/urgency in speech. Such a beautiful word that describes how I felt reading through the chapbook of Warsan Shire, called Teaching My Mother How to Give Birth. She was born in Kenia, to Somali parents, and lives in London. I am amazed by her poetry, even more so than Rupi Kaur's. … Continue reading Take me home yaqay