Wild Beauty

New and Selected Poems

Wild Beauty

From the poet, novelist, and cultural icon behind the award-winning and celebrated Broadway play, for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf, comes an evocative and moving bilingual collection of new and beloved poems.

In this stirring collection of more than sixty original and selected poems in both English and Spanish, Ntozake Shange shares her utterly unique, unapologetic, and deeply emotional writing that has made her one of the most iconic literary figures of our time.

With a clear, raw, and affecting voice, Shange draws from her experience as a feminist black woman in American to craft groundbreaking poetry about pain, beauty, and color. In the bestselling tradition of Rupi Kaur’s Milk and Honey, Wild Beauty is more than a poetry collection; it is an exquisite call to action for a new generation of women, people of color, feminists, and activists to follow in the author’s footsteps in the pursuit of equality and understanding. As The New York Times raves, “Ntozake Shange writes with such exquisite care and beauty that anyone can relate to her message.”
  • Atria / 37 INK | 
  • 288 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781501169939 | 
  • November 2017
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About the Author

Ntozake Shange
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Ntozake Shange

Ntozake Shange is a renowned playwright, poet, and novelist. Her works include the Obie Award–winning for colored girls who have considered suicide / when the rainbow is enuf, nappy edges, ridin’ the Moon in texas, sassafrass, cypress & indigo, betsey brown, some sing, some cry with Ifa Bayeza, three pieces, lost in language and sound, the love space demands, liane, and numerous children’s books. She has been the recipient of a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, the Pushcart Prize, the Lila Wallace–Readers’ Digest Writer’s Prize, a National Endowment for the Arts grant, the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Elie Wiesel Award, and three Audelco awards. Ms. Shange also won an Obie Award for her adaptation of Bertolt Brecht’s Mother Courage and Her Children. Ms. Shange’s work has been nominated for a Grammy, a Tony, and an Emmy. She has taught at the Maryland Institute, College of Art, Prairie View A&M University, and the University of Florida, Gainesville. Ms. Shange has one daughter, Savannah Shange Watkins, and one granddaughter, Harriet. Ms. Shange lives in the Washington, DC area.