Tuesday, 22 November 2016

letting go is easy

letting go is easy
you wrap your arms and legs
around the object of your desires
you cling on as if for dear life
you sink your teeth into it
and through the nose
you say you've let go

Tuesday, 8 November 2016

Journeys... in Translation _ a Call for Participants

Journeys... in Translation aims to translate 13 poems from Over Land, Over Sea: Poems for those seeking refuge (Five Leaves Publications, 2015) into other languages.

The translations and the original poems will then be read and discussed at a Journeys... in Translation event that is going to be held in Leicester on September 30 as part of Everybody's Reading 2017.

September 30 is also International Translation Day.

Those who are bilingual or multilingual who would like to take part in Journeys... in Translation are encouraged to:
[a] translate as many of the 13 poems as they would like to;
[b] blog or share the translations and reflections on the exercise on social media, blogs, and other platforms;
[c] include a link to Over Land, Over Sea in their reflections and posts, and
[d] (for those who do not live in Leicester and who will not be able to attend the September 30 event) organise their own Journeys... in Translation events in the places they are based and let us know how those events go as well.
We are open to working with people everywhere. Currently, we have people who are working on the translations in Leicester (England), Sweden and Zimbabwe. People in other places can also have a go at translating the poems if they would like to do so.

Journeys... in Translation builds on the success of the Journeys Pop-Up Poem Library which saw poets give out postcards at the London Road train station in Leicester as part of Everybody's Reading 2016. Each of the 800 postcards that were given out had one of eight poems from Over Land, Over Sea on it.

The postcards were given out to encourage reading, reflection and conversation about current and historical journeys taken by people seeking refuge.

Over Land, Over Sea reaches out to people seeking refuge and is being sold to raise funds for Doctors Without Borders/ Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), the Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Refugee Forum and Leicester City of Sanctuary.

Copies of the anthology are available from De Montfort University Bookshop (Leicester) and Five Leaves Bookshop (Nottingham).

The 13 poems we will be using as part of Journeys... in Translation are:
[a] but one country, Rod Duncan (Over Land, Over Sea, p.123)
[b] Children of War, Malka Al-Haddad (p.119)
[c] Come In, Lydia Towsey (p.16)
[d] Framed, Marilyn Ricci (p.114)
[e] Song for Guests, Carol Leeming (p.92)
[f] Stories from 'The Jungle', Emma Lee (p.85)
[g] The Humans are Coming, Siobhan Logan (p.79)
[h] The Man Who Ran Through the Tunnel, Ambrose Musiyiwa (p.1)
[i] Through the Lens, Liz Byfield (p.121)
[j] Waiting, Kathleen Bell (p.62)
[k] What's in a Name, Penny Jones (p.5)
[l] Yalla, Trevor Wright (p.94), and
[m] Dislocation, Pam Thomson (p.120).
Anyone interested in the project can find out more about it by joining the group on Facebook or by emailing Ambrose Musiyiwa.

Tuesday, 25 October 2016

you know how it is

i will lie to you

i will say
we are done

i will tell you
life has never been better

i will say
i don't think about you
at all

i will tell you
i am so over you

i will say
i have moved on

Thursday, 22 September 2016

New poetry anthology celebrates the city of Leicester

Taking inspiration from the city of Leicester, the poetry anthology, Welcome to Leicester brings together poems which celebrate the city.

Like a much-loved family member, Leicester’s faults are acknowledged but tempered with a huge deal of affection. The anthology explores the story of the city, as it is seen through the eyes of the people who know it best.

The anthology is published by Leicester-based Dahlia Publishing and was edited by Emma Lee and Ambrose Musiyiwa.

Ambrose Musiyiwa says:

Leicester is the site of one of the oldest known urban settlements in Britain and has made significant contributions to the development of the English language. It was at the centre of movements such as those that led to the development of parliamentary democracy in Britain, votes for women and the abolishment of the Atlantic Slave Trade. It is also one of the most plural and diverse cities anywhere in the world. There is someone from everywhere who calls the city home. We wanted to capture some of those diverse stories in a poetry anthology to show there's more to Leicester than a Premiership win and Richard III.

Emma Lee says:

National Poetry Day's theme this year was messages so we asked for poems that contained a message or story about Leicester city. We asked via mainstream and social media and 182 poems were submitted from Leicester and beyond. From these we chose 90 to go in the anthology.

Dahlia Publishing is a small press based in Leicester, founded in 2010 by Farhana Shaikh. Dahlia Publishing manages both The Asian Writer and Leicester Writes.

Farhana Shaikh says:

Our diversity policy is at the heart of everything we do: we’re passionate about publishing regional and diverse writing and have signed up the Equip Publishing Equalities Charter. Welcome to Leicester is a sister anthology to Lost and Found: Stories from Home, an anthology featuring short stories from Leicestershire writers.

Welcome to Leicester will be launched at the African Caribbean Centre, Maidstone Road, Leicester LE1 0ND from 7pm on Friday 7 October 2016 during the Everybody's Reading Festival.

Entry is free.

The launch will feature readings from the poets involved. Each poem in the anthology contains a story or message about the city of Leicester.

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

World Peace Day: Leicester asks Britain to stop military intervention in Syria

Today, September 21, is International Peace Day.

Since November 2015, Leicester Against War / Leicester For Peace has been staging a weekly protest asking Britain to stop military intervention in Syria.

The protest takes place from 5.30pm to 6.30pm at the Clock Tower every Friday and is the longest running current protest of it type in Britain.

This week's protest will feature a performance from Leicester's leading street choir, the Red Leicester Choir which is also calling for an end to British military intervention in Syria.

In this video, United Nations secretary general, Ban Ki-Moon explains what International Peace Day is about and how everyone everywhere can be a messenger for peace:

*See also:
[1] A selection of photos from one Leicester Against War/ Leicester For Peace protest, and
[2] A playlist of videos from the protests.