Review: Nejma by Nayyirah Waheed

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unsleeping. gold sweeping. poems.
i have in my hands.”

Nayyirah Waheed’s sweeping poetry debut, before Salt.

Personal Take: I follow Nayyirah on social media. I’ve read her book Salt, and she blew me away with her gentle, yet piercing words. So I wanted to read hear earlier work in Nejma. While you can feel the same sentiment and emotional drive. Nejma didn’t quite pull me in. The book cover is beautiful, and some of the poems were beautiful as well. But there were a few poems that I felt took up space when it didn’t need to, and a few more I couldn’t relate. But I still appreciated that this is some of her early work before Salt, and to see that transition and growth is inspiring.

Audience: Older readers who love poetry.


Other recommendations: In case you didn’t catch it from my review above – Salt by Nayyirah is a MUST read.

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