I said here a couple of years ago that Natalie Jabbar’s blog of curated poems each April is like a rare flowering plant blooming suddenly in the desert. Every April for I don’t know how long she has been putting together a remarkable anthology of rage, witness and hope.
The British poet Hubert Moore has long worked with refugees. Like Natalie’s blog, his poems are full of rage, witness and generosity. Now you can watch him reading his poems in defiance of what is known as the Anti-Refugee Bill (aka The Nationality and Borders Bill).
And finally, my Canadian friend Shawna Lemay, who is on never less than essential form, seems more essential now than ever. (I do know I have said this before.) Here is her latest post on why she needs to read poetry in these desperate times.
I am a lecturer, poet and writing tutor. I work in teacher and medical education at the University of Exeter. My anthology Lifesaving Poems was published by Bloodaxe Books in 2015. In 2012 I published Riddance (Worple Press), a collection of poems, and Love for Now (Impress Books), a memoir, about my experience of cancer. My most recent books are Deck Shoes (Impress Books, 2019), a book of prose memoir and criticism, and The Afterlife (Worple Press, 2019). In 2023 I will publish The Wind and the Rain, my sixth collection of poems, with Blue Diode Press. My current research project, with Sue Dymoke from Nottingham Trent University and funded by the Foyle Foundation, is Young Poets' Stories: https://youngpoetsstories.com/. This blog is archived by the British Library.
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