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The Fat Black Woman's Poems

The Fat Black Woman's Poems

Grace Nichols
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is a fat black woman
walking the fields
pressing a breezed
to her cheek
while the sun lights up
her feet


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'.


Born in 1950 in Guyana, where she grew up, Grace Nichols worked as a journalist and reporter. She came to Britain in 1977 and has published several children's books. Her cycle of poems, I Is a Long Memoried Woman, won the 1983 Commonwealth Poetry Prize.


  • Publisher: ‎Virago (October 31, 2023)
  • Language: ‎English
  • Paperback: ‎96 pages
  • ISBN-10: ‎0349017409
  • ISBN-13: ‎9780349017402
  • Item Weight: ‎3.53 ounces
  • Dimensions: ‎4.8 x 0.87 x 7.72 inches
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