Nayyirah Waheed is an African-American poet and author with two published books under her belt. She treasures her privacy so not a lot is known about her personal life except what we can see in her poetry.
Nayyirah is known as one of the most famous and loved poets on Instagram with over 250,000 followers reading her art every day.
Her poetry surrounds issues of identity and race, love, emotion, and feminism. Her brevity of language and use of punctuation and lowercase letters, encourages the reader to examine the depth of her meaning. It captivates each reader through beauty, pain, and spirit.
I hope you enjoy these selected poems, and are inspired to explore her work further.
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