‘Joelle Taylor’s poetry roars and soars and conjures up the most extraordinary images to express the unsayable, the shocking and ultimately the great compassion she feels for the plight of women around the world.' Bernardine Evaristo

‘Songs my Enemy Taught Me is an absolutely necessary poetry collection. It is essential for the poet to sing our women selves into the world. Taylor articulates the music of a collective silence perpetuated against women’s oppression. She enacts poetry as song, music, melody. The poems are testimony, odes, praise, acknowledgements, libation, laments, records, reportage, vulnerable and unapologetically personal. This collections asserts that poetry is here to do work. These poems of witness are a reckoning, where the poet says - woman I am you, I see you, I feel you. Says women - our skin, breasts, vulva, wombs are targets in a war heavy with silence, Taylor’s poems seek to find the melodies in the many silences and sing them into creation. The poems in this book punch the reader’s imagination with powerful fists.’ Malika Booker

‘A book of songs that must be heard; here is a triumphant call to arms and an epic and glorious read. This book is a riot, a protest for justice and peace.’ Salena Godden



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