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Beyoncé Lemonade

Beyonce's visual album, Lemonade

Photograph by Tom Silverstone

Warsan Shire is a Somali-British writer, poet, editor and teacher. She was selected as London's first Young Poet Laureate in 2013. Beyoncé reads from Shire's poetry during interludes in Lemonade.

The full transcript for Lemonade is available online.

Articles About Warsan Shire

The Writing Life of a Young, Prolific Poet by Alexis Okeowo. The New Yorker, October 21, 2015.

Warsan Shire: Young Poet Laureate Wields Her Pen Against FGM by Symeon Brown. The Guardian, February 17, 2014.

Beyoncé's Lemonade Turns A Somali-Brit Poet Into a Global Star by Malaka Gharib. National Public Radio, April 27, 2016.

Warsan Shire: The Somali-British Poet Quoted by Beyoncé in Lemonade by Rafi Zakaria. The Guardian. April 27, 2016.

Warsan Shire, the Woman Who Gave Poetry to Beyoncé's Lemonade by Amanda Hess. The New York Times. April 27, 2016.

Books by Warsan Shire