Grace Nichols

Children's poet and writer

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)


Grace Nichols
by Maud Sulter
colour polaroid photograph, 2001
NPG P949(5)
© National Portrait Gallery, London