Carole Satyamurti Poems

Carole Satyamurti was a British poet who also worked as a translator and sociologist. She taught in London and spent time as a writer in residence at the University of Sussex and College of Charleston. She’s won the National Poetry Competition, Cholmondeley Award, and was short-listed for the Forward Prize. 

I Shall Paint My Nails Red

by Carole Satyamurti

‘I Shall Paint My Nails Red’ by Carole Satyamurti is a poem about why a female speaker painted her nails. The simple premise is made more complicated as she lists out the reasons why she painted her nails red. 

Because a bit of colour is a public service.

Because I am proud of my hands.

Because it will remind me I'm a woman.

Because I will look like a survivor.

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