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The Fat Black Woman's Poems

Grace Nichols

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Prose: non-fiction, Literary studies: poetry & poets

* 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

Grace Nichols gives us images that stare us straight in the eye, images of joy, challenge, accusation. Her 'fat black woman' is brash; rejoices in herself; poses awkward questions to politicians, rulers, suitors, to a white world that still turns its back. Grace Nichols writes in a language that is wonderfully vivid yet economical of the pleasures and sadnesses of memory, of loving, of 'the power to be what I am, a woman, charting my own futures'.

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  • 'Deliciously inert and self-contented, the fat black woman mocks oppression by the scandal of being herself. Inside this slim collection there is a fat woman not even fighting to get out' INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY 'Run naturally and economically off the tongue. Beneath the folk rhythms and the lyrical simplicities, Nichols's poems preach disquiet' OBSERVER

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Grace Nichols

GRACE NICHOLS was born in 1950 in Georgetown, Guyana, where she grew up. She took a Diploma in Communications from the University of Guyana and worked as a reporter and freelance journalist. She came to Britain in 1977 and since then has published a number of children's books and collections of poetry. Her first, I is a long memoried woman, was the winner of the 1983 Commonwealth Poetry Prize, and her second, The Fat Black Woman's Poems was published by Virago in 1984, Grace Nichols lives in Lewes, Sussex, with poet John Agard. In Whole of A Morning Sky, her first adult novel, Grace Nichols richly and imaginatively evokes a world that was a part of her own Guyanese childhood. In 2007 she became a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.

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