Review | Salt by Nayyirah Waheed

Posted December 21, 2016 by Tina in Reviews / 2 Comments

Review | Salt by Nayyirah Waheedsalt. by Nayyirah Waheed
Published by CreateSpace on September 24th 2013
Genres: Poetry
Pages: 251
Source: Kindle Unlimited
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5 Stars

Salt is a journey through warmth and sharpness. This collection of poetry explores the realities of multiple identities, language, diasporic life & pain, the self, community, healing, celebration, and love.

Salt is a book I random found while browsing through the selections of Kindle Unlimited. I rarely give out five stars. RARELY. Salt was a five star read for me. I’m pretty sure I highlighted the entire book and I kind of don’t want to give it back actually I don’t want to give it back. I’m definitely buying this in paperback form.

What is salt? It’s a beauty, it’s truth, it’s eye opening, it’s powerful and it is AMAZING.

Salt touches on many subjects such as racism, gender stereotyping, and white privilege to name a few.

My Favorites

You broke the ocean in half to be here. Only to meet nothing that wants you. –immigrant

I don’t pay attention to the world ending. It has ended for me many times and began again in the morning.

Stay soft. It looks beautiful on you.

Racism is a translucent skin. It defends itself by attacking itself. – reverse racism

Healing begins the moment you want it to. – time

I feel like this is one is my new motto for my daughters.


“I will tell you, my daughter of your worth not your beauty every day. (your beauty is a given. Every being is born beautiful). Knowing your worth can save your life. Raising you on beauty alone you will be starved. You will be raw. You will be weak. An easy stomach. Always in need of someone telling you how beautiful you are.” – emotional nutrition

16-year-old Tina understood these so much it hurt.


You. Not wanting me. Was the beginning of me wanting myself. Thank you. –the hurt

I loved you because it was easier than loving myself. – runaway

I absolutely recommend this book to every one who is looking for something short yet beautiful and powerful. I found it absolutely amazing that some poems were just a single sentence and it was so thought provoking and powerful.

5 Stars
Tina

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