Wearing My Mother's Heart

By Sophia Thakur

From acclaimed performance poet Sophia Thakur comes a powerful new collection of poems about what it means to be a woman, intergenerational relationships, finding your voice and learning to speak out.

To my children I will say Let the river break between your lips... In her lyrical and heartfelt second poetry collection, Sophia Thakur takes us on an emotionally charged journey through the past lives of women and considers what it means to be a woman in today's society. Exploring topics such as identity, race, politics, relationships, mental health and self-love, she weaves together the voices of a grandmother, mother and daughter, and examines how past generations have given us the freedom to speak out. Encompassing love, from first crush to break-up, the history that comes before us, and the brave moments that make us, this collection will resonate with all young women as they approach the joys and pain of adulthood and learn to navigate life.

Categories: Poetry Anthology

For readers aged: 12+

  • Publication details:
  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 9781406397697
  • Published: 03 Nov 2022
  • Price: £7.99
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  • Size: 198 x 129 mm
  • Pages: 112

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'The stories of her foremothers are woven into the work; she celebrates their strength and bravery.' Books of the year: Best new poetry of 2022, Irish Times

'A wonderful affirmative message for young women as they approach the joys and pain of adulthood and have to learn to navigate life. Highly recommended.' LoveReading4Kids

'“[..] beautifully written collection […] A wonderful affirmative message for young women as they approach the joys and pain of adulthood and have to learn to navigate life.”' Love Reading

'a beautifully written collection of poems suitable for older children with great discussion points being raised.' NetGalley

'A beautiful collection of poetry which speaks deep to the soul of the reader. The imagery conjured by the poet evokes a feeling of deep rooted identity and family history through the lens of motherhood.' NetGalley

'Featured in the Bookseller's November children's previews' Bookseller

'“The empowering, inspiring, and touching messages in these short poems make this collection a great one for sharing out loud with a young audience, especially teenage girls.”' NetGalley reviewer

'This collection will resonate with all young women as they approach the joys and pain of adulthood and learn to navigate life.' BookTime

'Featured in Pen & Inc Autumn/Winter 2022 listings, highlighting the best in diversity and inclusion in children's books.' Pen & Inc

'There is tremendous richness to be found in this collection. Thakur reflects on family, love, heartbreak, grief, faith, mental health and activism, but the poems are unified by her connection to the women who came before her and her celebration of love in all its forms. […] This is a great and important collection by a talented voice which deserves to be shared widely with young people.' Just Imagine

'This powerful and lyrical collection speaks such a universal language of deep and enduring love.' Childrens Books Ireland

'These thoughtful and kind-hearted poems offer direction in how to make sense of ourselves, and examine how our lives and the way we decide to live are informed and inspired by the voices and experiences of past generations.' The School Librarian

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