Bone by Yrsa Daley-Ward


From the celebrated poet Yrsa Daley-Ward, a poignant collection of autobiographical poems about the heart, life, and the inner self. Bone. Visceral. Close to. Stark. The poems in Yrsa Daley-Ward's collection bone are exactly that: reflections on a particular life honed to their essence--so clear and pared-down, they become universal. From navigating the oft competing worlds of religion and desire, to balancing society's expectations with the ...

Details Bone

Release DateSep 26th, 2017
PublisherPenguin Books

Reviews Bone

  • Angeline Lee
    you don't need to write a novel to tell a story. yrsa daley ward knows this. she can tell you a story in 50 words. make her point in 20. make me cry in eight. bone pulls you so far deep into the ocean of yourself that you both lose and find yourself completely. forget who you are and wear the skin and bones of someone else entirely for a change. until you hit the four lines every once in a while that will shake you to the bone and the very heart ...
  • Hannah
    4.5 StarsBeautifully written and heartbreaking. I didn't connect with every poem, but there were a few that really hit home for me. Overall I think it's a powerful collection that's definitely worth the read.
  • Sarah
    “and anyway,there will always be your breathwhich, hard as you try,you cant do withoutyou cant run away from.There will always your heartbeatingstronger and louderthe harder, the furtheryou run.”
  • Ammara Abid
    'ReliefThank Goodness I have nearlyunlearnedfolding my desire into itselfbeing afraid to claim it.''The most important thing to do isnot to worry. The lines on your face will never stop the sun from coming''what love isn’tIt is not a five star stay. It is notcompliments and it is never everflattery.It is solid. Not sweet but alwaysnutritiousalways herb, always salt. Sometimesgrit.It is now and till the end. It is never aslither, never a littlei...
  • Didi
  • Romie
    I don't know where I stand : did I like it ? did I hate it ? both ?I probably would have liked it less if I wasn't having a bad day, because I think you need to be in the right mindset to actually properly enjoy this poetry collection, and I was.I didn't connect with any of the poems, but does that mean they weren't good ? No. They were powerful, hard to read sometimes because of their topics, and even though I didn't understand sometimes who the...
  • Rebecca Foster
    (Nearly 3.5) This debut collection from a Black British (Nigerian/Jamaican) performance poet reminded me most of Kate Tempest’s work. Some recurring themes are growing up in a fractured family, the highs versus occasional anguish of romantic love, and the complications of being gay in the context of conservative religion. I particularly liked “Coordinates” (“Every time I travel / I meet myself a little more / Sometimes you have to leave a...
  • Nnenna
    Thank you to Penguin Books for providing me with this review copy!I'm going to start this with the caveat that I rarely read poetry. In fact, this might be the first poetry book I've ever reviewed on here. But when I read a couple positive reviews and discovered that the author is Nigerian/Jamaican, I was definitely intrigued.Since I'm such a poetry newbie, I don't feel at all qualified to comment on the technical merits of this collection. I wil...
  • Hayder Hasan
    This book was a mixture of story telling and poetry. I loved the poetry, it's brilliant. However, I can't say much the same about the story telling part, it was just hard to keep up with when an event was happening and who are the people in it, but all in all it was a tragic experience and I really hope she's gonna have a better life now.Quotes: || " Sometimes exactly what you not want to happen happens anyway. "|| " ... But you don't know the ha...
  • ke-sha
    Currently Free On Kindle: I had this on my wishlist so excited!!!
  • Desirée Venn Frederic
    “one day I will tell you what I’ve been. It will scare you.”— 'revelation', boneyrsa daley-ward's 'bone' assails the senses and swallows you whole. daley-ward's writing is refreshing, a study in direct, "to-the-gut" storytelling. she assumes many guises becoming many narrators, each voice with equal suppleness. bone is an exploration offering cerebral moments amid light and ladened experiences. sharp. familiar. a captivating legato of lif...
  • Christina
    This is by far one of the best poetry books I have ever read. Yrsa Daley-Ward knows how to write poetry that tears your insides apart. This is my type of poetry book. I would recommend this to anyone who loves poetry for its raw effect on the senses. Outstanding. If I could give it 10 stars out of five, no rating would do it justice. Must read.
  • Paige (Enchantology)
    3.5 stars
  • lauren ♡ (wonderless reviews)
    this was so powerful and hard hitting. tw: for homophobia, religion, sexual abuse & rape
  • feux d'artifice
    read it slowly
  • ellie
    my god, this is devastatingly emotional. my heart aches and I was crying with laughter but now it's more in...I don't know. despair, maybe. awe, too. confused, probably.Loving someone who hatesthemselvesis a special kind of violence.A fight inside the bones.A war within the blood.I couldn't stop myself from reading it. I pressed my finger and stuffed my phone in my face because I couldn't imagine putting it down. They weren't all connected, but i...
  • Nafiza
    This one hurt, just a bit.
  • Roxanne (The Novel Sanctuary)
    3.5*This is a collection of contemporary poetry that I definitely enjoyed more than Neruda's. The language and style made me be able to 'get' it a bit more and feel more engaged with what Daley-Ward was trying to express. That being said, though I loved her writing style and felt she did not hold back in her poetry, I did not always connect to them in an emotional level, mostly because I have no experienced the things of which she wrote. That is ...
  • Mary Hall-Williams
    "Romance your damn self" "Women who were brought up devout and fearfulGet stirred, like anyone else.Want men. Wantother women. Stink under the arms at the end ofthe day. Getthat all too familiar mix of fear and discontentin the night. Want to do the thingsthat they ‘Must Not Do.’Those dirty, bloody attractive things."
  • Jessica | Booked J
    As a note, a physical copy of this novel was sent to me via the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not effect my opinion in any way. Thank you. Yrsa Daley-Ward is no stranger to expressive prose and Bone is a firm nod to this. In just a few pages, readers of all ages will be compelled by her poetry and the bluntness she portrays life in small passages. From hard-to-handle, to perfectly-accurate, to some combination of the both;...
  • Julia
    I really didn't like this unfortunately... I found myself only liking about four poems from this whole collection. I don't like the way this was written and how some poems dragged for many many pages. This also has a religious component so I wanted to put that out there. so some of the poems I just didn't like... "tough tongue to flesh,bite the lobe, swallow the juice she says will purify you" like ew. what? no.
  • Chasia Lloyd
    Sex, death, family, and mental illness are among the big themes tackled in this lovely book of poetry from a Black writer with West African and West Indian heritage, raised in England. A gorgeous reminder of how much I need to actively seek more diverse writers not just in fiction but in poetry as well. Daley-Ward's voice is gutting and true.
  • Britt
    What I do know is that Yrsa Daley Ward is the type of poet that made me never feel worthy of calling myself a writer. My feelings are deep, but would you feel it down to the bone? Probably not. EVERYTHING in this small book taps on the very constitution of our being. Stripping away the semantics while still dancing beautifully between dream worlds, magical moments, and repulsive realities. It is beautiful because it gave her poetry.
  • Kirsty
    Fantastic; startling, rich, and admirable. Daley-Ward's writing is stark, vulnerable, and musing, and she balances her prose so well. She also deals with some incredibly important themes, from sexuality to being taken advantage of; from love to loss; from parenthood to grieving. Her writing is clever, and the collection comes together seamlessly; it is a singular unit, made up of small stories. She melds together cultures in a really interesting ...
  • J.A. Ironside
    ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest reviewIt is refreshing to see modern poetry that isn't just following the fashion of the author pressing return after every word, but instead is crafted with each word carefully chosen. Yrsa Daley-Ward tackles the themes of sex, death, the unlikeliness of romantic love and the conflict of being gay in secular religion in a way that cuts deep and makes you think. Not every poem resonated with me ...
  • Kirsty
    Delicate and raw at once.
  • Xian Xian
    I can't seem to find a nicer quality JPEG for this. Sigh. That blur just bothers me. But beside that, this is yet another poetry book. Although, don't be fooled , there are some poems that are actually flash fiction, short stories. It's really up to you to decide if it's poetry or not. I consider it poetry and prose poetry. Ward delves into short stories, flash fiction. Flash fiction is sort of a poetry form itself, since it needs to form a scene...
  • Sara
    I'll be honest, I was expecting another book similar to Nayyirah Waheed's work here. I enjoyed Waheed's poems, they seemed more like wonderful little aphorisms or epigrams expressing emotion than poetical forms too, the kind of easily-digested chopped up sentences, quite popular online at the moment (and admittedly now sigh inducing to see because of their popularity). So this was what I was also expecting from Yrsa Daley-Ward.Not the case. There...
  • Darkowaa
    !!! is a brilliant collection of poems. I preferred the long poems- they read like short stories and were packed with suspense and emotion. I loved how the long poems started and how the plot unfolds towards the middle of them. I wasn't really crazy about how some of the poems ended though. Most of the poems were on death, sex, family, relationships and Christianity. She blends her West Indian (Jamaica...
  • Cait S
    Poetry is something I've been getting into more of lately in the last two, three years. I'm not even sure why. Sometimes I'm just in the mood for it and I will random browse Goodreads until I find something, usually by someone I've never read or heard of before, and try that. My puppy woke up at 5 this morning and I was sitting here lamenting having to be awake and figured now was as good a time as any to read another.So far in my poetry reading ...