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Grace Nichols is a poet whose work has been central to our understanding of the important...
Praise Song for My Mother
water to me
deep and bold and fathoming
moon's eye to me
pull and grained and mantling
sunrise to me
rise and warm and streaming
the fish's red gill to me
the flame tree's spread to me
the crab's leg/the fried plantain smell replenishing replenishing
Go to your wide futures, you said
from The Fat Black Woman’s Poems (Virago, 1984) © Grace Nichols 1984, used by permission of the author c/o Curtis Brown literary agency.
Grace Nichols Reading from her Poems