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POETRY

Poetics

Poetry defines that which is insufficiently defined by the world. It is the use of language at the very edge of what language can do

 

For my poetry I use language and images to relay emotion and situations that are to do with family, displacement and love

Poetry CV

Member of Malika's Kitchen - one of the UK's foremost poetry collectives

Shortlisted nationally down to last 14 for The Complete Works Poetry for up and coming minority ethnics writers - the most successful diversity programme in British Arts

Long-listed (top 1%) in the UK National Poetry Competition 2017 and 2018

Prize-winner (3rd place) in the Magma Poetry Magazine international competition, 2016

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Prize-winner (runners up) in the Troubadour International Poetry competition, 2017 http://www.coffeehousepoetry.org/poems/troubadour-poetry-prize-2017

They

 

They told me they had to slice

 

open his legs rip out

 

a handful of arteries

 

They told me the retractor

 

held the crack            in his chest

 

nine hours too long

 

Three times they told me

 

I had a bionic dad

 

Not body

nor mind

 

but plastic

and pumps

And all that was keeping him here

 

was the man who had dreamt of

 

and built a machine

 

 

and the one whose hands

 

were working

 

     like thunder