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Let Me Tell You This

4.56  ·  Rating details ·  133 ratings  ·  26 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.

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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. ...more
Sara Hunt
Mar 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Jay Moran
Mar 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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 h ...more
Nov 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I'm deeply moved by and in awe of this brilliant poetry collection about family, identity, racism, gender-based violence, survival, and so much more. Without a doubt the best poetry collection I've read this year. ...more
Jack Mckeever
Jun 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
This debut collection by Nadine Aisha Jassat, published by the excellent Scottish independent 404 Ink,is a superbly direct portrayal of identity from a British person of colour. Pulling no punches right from the very beginning ('Life In The UK' is uncompromising and universal in its depiction of racial abuse), 'Let Me Tell You This' takes frustration and the search for settlement and entwines them with themes of womanhood, time, family and nationality for a startlingly universal read.

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Feb 07, 2021 rated it really liked it
Glad to finally read this - it's powerful, accessible poetry that really draws you in. ...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 charities focuse
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 communicati
Molly Welsh
Jun 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is the best poetry collection I have read in a long time, and I've just finished reading Sylvia Plath. Nadine is extremely inventive in her display, intelligent with words and inspiring in voice. It is such a skill to address a variety of societal issues and injustices in a number of pages, but she does it well. If you are interested in writing poetry I suggest that you read this for it is truly remarkable and stimulating. ...more
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 ...more
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
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
Shelves: poetry
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
So stoked to publish Nadine's debut poetry collection. It's beautiful, brilliant, powerful. I recommend this far and wide. ...more
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.
Lisa Bentley
Jun 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
I have been reading more and more poetry over the past year and I have found that I am enjoying it more than ever before.

Let Me Tell You This is the deeply personal collection about the struggle with feeling displaced due to cultural heritage being at odds with British roots. Jassat highlights the ignorance of others and also the privilege f believing that people can say and do anything without consequence and repercussion. It is a study in white privilege.

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Anna Gurevitch
Dec 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a fabulous book of poems particularly insightful, warming whilst holding it's own. Coming from a multi-cultural family myself and also having been raised in Yorkshire and Scotland there was a lot I could personally relate to. On a personal level it spoke volumes and was a much needed and appreciated read. On a practical and educational level this poetry book collection serves to illuminate in sometimes strong, punchy ways and sometimes delightful, tickling ways. A brilliant, poetic insig ...more
Lucy Pettigrew
Jan 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is absolutely stunning. I had the pleasure of working with Nadine at a creative writing day in Manchester last November and was in awe of her talent and passion for writing, both of which shine through immensely in this collection 💛🖋
Mishka Hajee
Sep 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Stumbled onto this book by chance at a bookstore and I'm so glad I did! ...more
Becca Di Francesco
Mar 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A brilliant, bold and beautiful collection of poems that I look forward to returning to.
Dec 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I had the pleasure of watching Nadinenresd her poetry live and I bought her book straight away! What an amazing, inspriring and down to earth woman!
May 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
Excellent, evocative, sharp collection from one of 30 Inspiring Young Women Under 30 in Scotland, Nadine Aisha Jassat.
Nicole Moon
May 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
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A really powerful and unapologetic collection of poetry about racism, identity, and fighting for a better world.
Nadia Maloney
Feb 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Honest, thought provoking and deeply touching! Nadine's writing is relatable and an important insight into the lives of People of colour living in Britain. ...more
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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) and crea

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