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Review of Yrsa Daley-Ward’s “The Terrible”

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coverYrsa Daley-Ward, a London-based poet, model and actor whose parents hail from Jamaica and Nigeria, recently published a new book—The Terrible: A Storyteller’s Memoir. Derek Owusu (The Voice) reviews this new memoir:

The Terrible is the second book by poet and performer Yrsa Daley-Ward. The memoir chronicles her life through childhood, teens and early twenties, as she deals with family conflict, developing sexuality and struggles with mental health.

“The terrible”, as Yrsa Daley-Ward describes it, is a combination and culmination of many things in life— depression, death, grieving, addiction, pain. All of which play prominent roles in her new genre-bending book. But that is not all. Written in prose, The Terrible, much like many of Daley-Ward’s poems, takes these darker and murkier aspects of life and places them side by side with the bright and colourful, which drip into our lives and create the happy interludes…

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