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My Darling from the Lions

My Darling from the Lions


Rachel Long
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Each poem in Rachel Long’s award-winning My Darling from the Lions has a vivid story to tell―of family quirks, the perils of dating, the grip of religion, or sexual awakening―stories that are, by turn, emotionally insightful, politically conscious, wise, funny, and outrageous. Told in three sections, it’s a book about growing up, falling in love with not-great men, and girlhood; a collection that speaks to femininity, divinity, familial shame, Black identity, and modern culture.

Long reveals herself as a razor-sharp and original voice on the issues of sexual politics and cultural inheritance that polarize our current moment. With a fresh commitment to the power of the individual poem, her collection offers immediate, wide-awake poetry that entertains royally, without sacrificing a note of its urgency or remarkable skill.

My Darling from the Lions marks the arrival of a thrilling new voice and presence in poetry.


Rachel Long is a poet and the founder of Octavia Poetry Collective for Women of Colour, which is housed at Southbank Centre in London. My Darling from the Lions, first published by Picador in 2020, is her debut collection. She was born in London, and resides there today.


  • Publisher: Tin House Books (September 21, 2021)
  • Language: English
  • Paperback: 88 pages
  • ISBN-10: 1951142713
  • ISBN-13: 9781951142711
  • Item Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.3 x 9 inches
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