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For Black Poetry Day, we have compiled a short list of three Black female poets and their works that will remind you to treat yourself with care, arm yourself for revolution, and stand firm in your roots.

Nayyirah Waheed

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You will find a rare photo of this African American poetess online, since she prefers her words to be front and center. The author of Salt and Nejma, Nayyirah’s words are equally soft and firm, her subject matter often dealing with healing, identity, and self worth.

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She posts photos of her poems daily on Instagram  @nayyirah.waheed

Warsan Shire

The 30-year-old poet who lent her words to Beyonce’s visual Lemonade album, is the author of Teaching My Mother How to Give Birth, Her Blue Body, and Our Men Do Not Belong to Us. Warsan is the daughter of Somali parents and was born in Kenya and raised in London. Her work often speaks on displacement, immigration, and defining ‘home’ when one is away from home. She is the first Young Poet Laureate of London and was awarded the inaugural Brunel University African Poetry Prize.

Keep up with Warsan on Instagram @wu_shire

Upile Chisala

The twenty-four-year-old Malawian poet defines herself as a storyteller, sociologist, and artivist. She is the author of two books of poetry, “soft magic” And “Nectar” Her debut collection “soft magic” dissects what blackness, spirituality, and survival mean for children of the continent.

Follow her on Instagram @beingupile