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13. Teaching My Mother How to Give Birth, Warsan Shire
A collection of poetry loaded with sensual and evocative language, Warsan Shire's Teaching My Mother How to Give Birth is equal parts beautiful, raw, intense, and eloquent.

With poignant lines like, "I know a few things to be true. I do not know where I am going, where I have come from is disappearing, I am unwelcome and my beauty is not beauty here. My body is burning with the shame of not belonging, my body is longing," we'd be hard put not to fall in love with Shire's elegantly rendered prose.

("I belong deeply to myself," is another favorite.)