If you haven’t heard Beyoncé’s new album” Lemonade” you must be roommates with Patrick Star because you live under a rock. Lately Beyoncé has had intense messages of police brutality, feminism, and moving on from your no good boyfriend in her music whilst challenging the current state of music; But she hasn’t been doing it on her own. On this project she called on the 27-year-old poet Warsan Shire.
Warsan Shire is a mosaic of beauty and culture. Born in Kenya to Somali parents and now residing in London she is known for her poetry on life as a woman and immigrant. Her poem “The Unbearable Weight of Staying” fits right into the theme of a powerful woman’s self discovery.
Shire’s published works like Teaching My Mother How to Give Birth, “Her Blue Body” and audio works like Warsan versus Melancholy: The Seven Stages of Being Lonely show you why an icon like Beyoncé would choose to have such a majestic soul on her project to help paint her masterpiece. She has been awarded by Brunel University receiving their African Poetry Prize. She is also Young Poet Laurete of London and Queensland Australia’s Poet in Residence.
Since the release of “Lemonade” Warsan Shire has laid low, not posting on social media, or doing any interviews adding to the beauty of her words by remaining mysterious. Beyoncé was excellent by adding the art of spoken word to her already incredible project.