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Yrsa Daley-Ward

This Instapoet Just Published the Most Breathtaking Memoir!

Yrsa Daley-Ward was born in 1989 in Northern England and, at just twenty-nine years old, has already published two full-length works and gained 136K followers on Instagram. She is arguably one of the most famed and renowned Instapoets of the modern age, what with her posts gaining more than eight-thousand likes. Read her compelling poem Mental Health here.



However, Daley-Ward wasn’t always the well-known force of literature that she is today; her upbringing was a darkly complicated, messy, and difficult one. She was raised alongside her younger brother by their single mother and her eccentric, toxic partner before they were eventually sent to live with their incredibly religious, strict, and domineering grandparents.



As soon as she finished high-school, Daley-Ward made the decision to skip out on college, leave her grandparents home behind, and move to Manchester, before eventually moving to London. Now, finally out of her strict, conservative upbringing, she began to really see herself and understand her body and the power her sexuality could hold. She began pursuing modeling; struggling for years to make ends meet. She took up work as an escort and an exotic dancer before eventually deciding to leave England behind and move to Cape Town, South Africa.



The thing that attracted me to South Africa was that the models look like me and there’s so much more diversity.



Cape Town turned out to be the place Daley-Ward would rediscover her love of words, writing, and poetry. She’d originally begun submitting her poems to literary journals at the age of seventeen but found herself feeling rejected and discouraged, so she spent the following years focusing on modeling; pushing away the burning need to express that was boiling up inside of her.




Yrsa Daley-Ward

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Not long after her arrival to South Africa, Daley-Ward happened upon a bar hosting a spoken word open mic night and decided to take the opportunity to finally share the words she’d been filing away in journals and notebooks for years and years; bringing them out into the world.


She began posting her short, concise-yet-cutting poems on Instagram, quickly gaining a cult-like following (including stars like Florence Welch and Ellen Page). In 2014, she released bone; a collection of poems detailing themes of sexuality, addiction, mental health, and more written during a three-month period. Her works are small yet so, incredibly impactful. She manages to define moments, emotions, and the darkest parts of herself within the confines of one or two sentences.



She is raw, brutally honest, and relatable in so many ways. And, lucky for us, she has just penned and released a new full-length memoir that’s a uniquely stunning blend of prose and verse entitled The Terrible.




The Terrible

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I am somewhere else now. I am part human, part metaphysics, and I still haven’t worked out which parts of me are which. I love this new form. I can feel space traveling through me. I am porous and wondrous and bold…It’s not that I loved to leave, rather that staying was always completely impossible.



The Terrible is a coming-of-age tale detailing the struggles of a young Yrsa Daley-Ward as she pushes on through familial dysfunction, drug abuse, sex work, modeling, and mental illness. The memoir shows Daley-Ward growing, shifting, and transforming throughout her life until she eventually becomes the strong, powerful, poetic powerhouse she is today.



The book is brutally honest, so completely, vulnerably human, and not something you’d want to miss!



Time is an illusion, say the scientists. It is molecular, it is bendable or liquid, it is soldered metal; or it is droplets of memory. I imagine it looks like mercury, silver and elusive…Burn all the clocks. I am free.




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Rainy days and books

7 Quotes from Modern Poets For When You’ve Got the Sads

Poetry is one of the oldest forms of writing in existence. It has been the go-to for both writers and avid-readers in need of a way to express themselves, clear their heads, and share thoughts that can’t always be easy to share since the beginning of time, and, with such a rise in modern poets hitting the big time and making waves in the press, it’s right now as popular and relevant as ever. Yay, poets! Yay, poems! Yay, poetry!


Here are seven of my favorite quotes from modern poets for the days when you’re feeling down and need a little help getting back on your feet:



“We are more than the worst thing that’s ever happened to us. All of us need to stop apologizing, for having been to hell and come back breathing.”

—Clementine von RadicsBroken (buy Dream Girl now)



“let me say right now for the record,

I’m still gonna be here

asking this world to dance,

even if it keeps stepping on my holy feet.

You, you stay here with me, okay?

You stay here with me”

—Andrea Gibson, The Madness Vase (buy HEY GALAXY now)



“I want to live so densely. lush. and slow in the next few years, that a year becomes ten years, and my past becomes only a page in the book of my life.”

—Nayyirah Waheed, salt. (buy salt. now)



“When I meet you, in that moment, I’m no longer a part of your future. I start quickly becoming part of your past. But in that instant, I get to share your present. And you, you get to share mine. And that is the greatest present of all. 

—Sarah Kay, Hiroshima (buy All Our Wild Wonder now)



“time never stops, but does it end? and how many lives

before take-off, before we find outselves

beyond ourselves, all glam-glow, all twinkle and gold?”

—Tracy K. Smith, Life on Mars (buy Wade in the Water: Poems now)



“You will come away bruised.

You will come away bruised

but this will give you poetry.”

—Yrsa Daley-Ward, Bone (buy The Terrible: A Storyteller’s Memoir now)



“And I say:

“Okay, so maybe I don’t fear the sky

Maybe I fear the alone my body will feel when the sky decides to let me go”

And she takes her hand off my chest,

holds it up against the window, pushes it real deep

And she says:

“Look at this. Look at this, child.

From up here, everything pure and white

Is magnificent and unbreakable and holy

From up here, we all have such amazing bones”

—Hanif Abdurraqib, Dig those sunsets, pony (buy They Can’t Kill Us Until They Kill Us now)




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