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An Interview With LSR Show “Word Of Mouth”

Since the start of last semester, Carmen and Sophie set up Word of Mouth on Leeds Student Radio to allow poets from all backgrounds to discuss weekly themes on air each week. Challenging the norms of written and spoken word poetry, Word of Mouth allows poetic verse to be projected on a niche media such […]

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9/10 dentists recommend.

With wet hands You pick me up from the bathroom sink And squeeze Malleable insides complement the shape of your palm A moment of practical synchronicity shared And squeeze Out I vulnerably pour onto the podium of your utility Spread tenderly and helplessly among the bristles And squeeze Throughout your mouth I travel with purpose […]

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Hard Shell

I have, sadly, once again regressed Back into that hard shell called home. Where here I sit - their loved bird - Spilled forth from sticky love and high praise. This hard shell has waxed pearl walls, (The Mother of Pearl, if you must know), Erected –                  Fortified – Evade the clasp of that burning […]

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Cancer

I am on the cusp of losing two of the people I love. My dad has been suffering from cancer for the past 10 years, he has been terminal for a long time but in the last few months he has started to deteriorate. My uncle had a sudden diagnosis of leukemia a year ago. […]

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An Interview With Poet Panya Banjoko

Panya Banjoko currently resides in Nottingham and is one of the city’s beloved poetry patrons in association with UNESCO City of Literature. She is an established writer and performance poet and her work has been broadcasted on television and radio. She has featured in the 2012 Olympic Games, founded Nottingham Black Archive writers’ network, and […]

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Medusa

Her skull ruptured into growth, strands thickly curling from crown to shoulder, scaling along her spine like loose wires, begging to be cut by the boys with sleep paralysis for her beauty, Her body tread lightly between the eyes of men, hisses sprouting down her salted back, arching into Eve’s mistakes - each serpent sewing […]

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Re-Establishing Intimacy

This morning, the ripples on by bedsheets demanded attention. It must have been the dreams and thoughts that circulated, oscillated all around which created that piece of art and man, was that beautiful. The residues of such confusion, the twists and turns with my eyes shut and my legs curled around the beige softness, were […]

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Family ( ਪਰਿਵਾਰ )

Family ( ਪਰਿਵਾਰ ) No Indian girl ( ਕੁੜੀ Kuṛī) of ‘theirs’ will marry an ‘other’, as Waheguru ( ਵਾਹਿਗੁਰੂ ) weeps under her pillow each night Colonisation runs through these faded genes, family divided before I was even born. Mother married white metropolitan man, arranged marriage at twenty fell through. The British tyrannized Punjabi […]

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Lilith Addresses Her Husband

I will say it again: no. No, I will not lie on my back like some field waiting for your desire to plough. My sacred fruit, precious gift of life, belongs atop the tree. I am equal recipient of sorrow, pain, pleasure. I am knowledge choosing when to lie down, my limbs the flowers and […]

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Shieldmaiden

I see you from the bar as I pull a pint, under the table rubbing yourself gently, progressively, more vigorously whilst thinking of how you’ll have your way with me, forgetting your own stale drink. I keep my hand firm on the pipe, from the corner of my eye watching you watching me. You like […]

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