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Let Me Tell You This

4.68  ·  Rating details ·  62 ratings  ·  14 reviews
The electrifying debut collection from a powerful new voice in UK poetry. Shortlisted for the Edwin Morgan Poetry Award 2018.

Let Me Tell You This is a vital exploration of racism, gender and the sustaining and restorative bonds between women, told with Jassat’s searing precision and lyricism. Her poems seep into the reader, and deliver a punch to the chest. ...more
Paperback, 144 pages
Published March 7th 2019 by 404 Ink
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Mar 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What a fantastic collection. I devoured these poems. Early on there is a line: 'The space around him is empty'. It stopped me dead in my tracks, how powerful this line was, and these kind of lines kept coming. I read the poems aloud and found one, 'Bite', to totally stand out from the rest, flow-wise, and it so works for what the piece is about. Raw emotion is throughout this book and I won't forget it in a hurry. Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant.
Sara Hunt
Mar 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Jay Moran
Vivacious, sharp tongued, and unapologetic, Let Me Tell You This is a phenomenal collection that I fell completely in love with. Identity is a major theme in here as Jassat is mixed race, and in these poems she discloses all the things that have been said to her and her brothers by white classmates, adults, and even strangers passing her on the street. She unflinchingly presents the ignorance she's experienced and the struggle she's internally faced, such as calling out 'casual' racism said in her p ...more
Apr 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Edinburgh-based poet Nadine Aisha Jassat is so good with words that anything I try to say about her debut poetry collection feels insufficient. I’d like to gift a copy of this to every woman I know, for several reasons:

(i) As women, the personal is political. For women of colour, or on other axes of oppression, even more so. Jassat’s personal poems are so beautifully done that I found myself sobbing at somebody else’s heritage while her political ones – informed by her work with char
Laura Borrelli
Feb 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I think this collection was absolutely incredible. I was trying to pace myself through it, but I couldn't help but furiously devour every page, absorb every poem. I'm sure i'll come back to it over and over again.
As a non-native speaker, I find that reading poetry in English can sometimes be hit and miss, but here the carefully selected, delicate language does not impinge at all on the fast-punch delivery of the content; these poems are visceral and immediate, and indeed immediacy of commu
Sophie Anderson
Mar 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"I wish I could press my ear to you like a shell,
to hear the ocean of you,
to know the roar that is yours."

Let Me Tell You This feels like a shell through which you can hear the sigh and roar of so many voices - voices that have been hushed by a society in which racism, sexism and the objectification of women is all too everyday and familiar.

With gentle, powerful and graceful words, Jassat raises questions, provokes thought, inspires, challenges and educates.

This is such
Jan 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Let Me Tell You This by Nadine Aisha Jassat which is publishing in March 2019 by 404 Ink is a brilliant poetry collection. The writing is vibrant and powerful. The collection talks about race, family, abuse, gender and the feeling of being “inbetween” and not fitting in. I love that many poems sing with the power of women’s friendships and bonds. Despite the serious and heartbreaking topics, there is a lot of warmth in this book and I’ve been rereading some passages.
Aug 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful collection of poems! The stories were powerful and reached out to me as a Scottish woman with mixed heritage. Every word had its own bite and flavour, and I'll soon be in need of a re-read
Mar 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Bold as brass, punchy, sharp poetry. I tore through this debut collection and recommend everyone else does the same
Florence Wheeler
Apr 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Beautifully written. I cried, I raged, I was comforted and enchanted. I felt.
Can’t wait to read more from Nadine.
Apr 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Often very personal, sometimes very powerful, even uncomfortable. An impressive collection of poems. Enjoyed every word of it, right to the end of the short glossary at the back.
Dec 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018
So stoked to publish Nadine's debut poetry collection. It's beautiful, brilliant, powerful. I recommend this far and wide.
Mar 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A brilliant debut from this passionate and powerful poet.
Rachel Nye
Mar 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A powerful collection skilfully delivered. I saw myself in these poems and the lives of others, a truly enriching experience.
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Nadine Aisha Jassat (Nadine Aisha) is a writer, creative practitioner and a consultant in the field of Gender-Based Violence.

She is a published poet and feminist writer and an experienced public speaker and creative writing facilitator. She is known for combining the creative arts and social justice; curating an art exhibition with survivors of domestic abuse (Scottish Women’s Aid, 2013) an