Grace Nichols

Children's poet and writer

A woman with dark skin tone with short hair and glasses, against a purple background Grace Nichols, by Maud Sulter, 2001, NPG P949(5), © National Portrait Gallery, London

Guyanese poet. Collections include Over the River, Startling the Flying Fish and I is a Long-Memoried Woman, winner of the Commonwealth Poetry Prize.

pulling herself together
holding herself like
royal cane

From ‘Waterpot’ in i is a long memoried woman (London: Karnak House, 1983)

The fat black woman want
a brilliant tropical death
not a cold sojourn
in some North Europe for/forlorn

From ‘Tropical Death’ in The Fat Black Woman’s Poems (London: Virago, 1984)