Break My Heart Everyday


“Dear Allah: If it will keep my heart soft, break my heart everyday.”

This is how writer and poet Warsan Shire’s beautiful album of spoken word ends. In “warsan versus melancholy (the seven stages of being lonely),” Shire muses on love, family, and women. In a calm and soothing voice tinged with an English accent, she lays her wounds bare.

Abigail Bereola is a writer and the Books Editor for The Rumpus. On Twitter, @sherarelytweets. More from this author →