A powerful and piercing poem that talks about the complex nature of trauma, especially within the context of relationships.
Filmed by Write About Now in Denver, Colorado at 2017 National Poetry Slam Championships.
1) Beware: the use of fear is often a means to control.
2) Beware: you will always be higher up on the list of scapegoats than those writing it.
3) Be aware: we are many and as many we are strong.
Filmed and edited by Shannon Anderson - Homebody Films.
There are so many strong opinions and gusts of judgment in the world that we can often be rendered into inaction by the fear alone of the wind tunnel we may enter into by standing up and trying to make ourselves heard. In this blustery setting, it is easy to forget the strength of our own voice and, in-turn, the importance of every breath. This piece is a reminder of how much you, and your breath, matter.
Covering the issues of and surrounding censorship in WW1 and in the wider context of modern society, this is one of two pieces specially commissioned by BBC Essex for the BBC's 'World War One At Home Project'. Also requested by the 1418Now folks to be featured as part of their Letter To An Unknown Soldier Project.
What's in a name?
Looking at the devastatingly wasteful and pointless nature of war with specific reference to World War One but also in the wider context of historical and modern conflict, this the second of two pieces specially commissioned by BBC Essex for the BBC's 'World War One At Home Project'.
A poem dedicated to my fellow teachers who are currently suffering under the tyranny of an uninformed, inept and archaic Department For Education and its unhealthy obsession with labelling, levelling and data - let's not forget why we became teachers in the first place!
not in my name
After hearing the horrifying news of the UK's democratically decided vote to support and join in the airstrikes in Syria, my emotions were running high and sleep was not an option so I did the only thing that stood a chance of focusing and grounding me in those situations: write.
two minutes' silence
Wouldn't it be amazing if one Remembrance Day, soon, when we gather together to bear witness to another two minutes' silence, we are only able to remember war as a memory?