The Fat Black Woman’s Poems by Grace Nichols

Recommended by Nikki Bhatt (@likeshookfoil)

Form and genre: poetry

Length: 96 pages

Summary: Nichols creates poetic voices that are vibrant, sassy and pose questions to people who want to define black womanhood in their terms.

Age recommendation and challenging content: Some gritty ideas here but nothing sensitive although the title has put off some (there is a point to it). Would recommend for Y8.

Notable reasons for recommending this book: I think it makes the important point that black womanhood carries the burden of notions that suggest there is a single black voice rather than a set of cultural identities and subjective positions.