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Untold Stories: Poetry at English Heritage

Untold Stories – Poetry at English Heritage took place in the autumn of 2020. Through new commissions, a poetry exchange and a public competition the programme allowed us to experience English Heritage sites in new ways and offered opportunities for everyone to explore our past through poetry. The programme was co-curated by Jacob Sam-La Rose, English Heritage’s Poet in Residence. This digital anthology brings together a collection of works written as part of the programme. It features poems written in Shout Out Loud workshops led by Malika Booker; as part of the Untold Stories Poetry Competition; and by commissioned poets Esme Allman, Nii Ayikwei Parkes, Jay Bernard, Malika Booker, Safiya Kamaria Kinshasa and Jacob Sam-La Rose. english-heritage.org.uk/untold-stories

Untold Stories – Poetry at English Heritage took place in the autumn of 2020. Through new commissions, a poetry exchange and a public competition the programme allowed us to experience English Heritage sites in new ways and offered opportunities for everyone to explore our past through poetry. The programme was co-curated by Jacob Sam-La Rose, English Heritage’s Poet in Residence.

This digital anthology brings together a collection of works written as part of the programme. It features poems written in Shout Out Loud workshops led by Malika Booker; as part of the Untold Stories Poetry Competition; and by commissioned poets Esme Allman, Nii Ayikwei Parkes, Jay Bernard, Malika Booker, Safiya Kamaria Kinshasa and Jacob Sam-La Rose.

english-heritage.org.uk/untold-stories

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inspired by: Brodsworth Hall<br />

A place my labour cre<strong>at</strong>es<br />

aida fofana<br />

I will enter a place as beautiful as the chambers of sin,<br />

My labour seasons sweetly<br />

A hothouse for me<br />

A hothouse for we<br />

With pineapples, cassava,and tamarind to e<strong>at</strong><br />

Dirt accompanies meals<br />

As it sits <strong>at</strong> home under fingernails<br />

Migr<strong>at</strong>ing towards limbs<br />

The sun won’t flog remorseful skin,<br />

its rays will forgive<br />

C<strong>at</strong>tle will walk on four legs and obey its position<br />

Hibiscus flowers will bleed<br />

Bay leaves a shade of evergreen<br />

Spices will perform their aromas; your own priv<strong>at</strong>e show<br />

Aniseed will bring he<strong>at</strong> as home once did<br />

In a place my labour cre<strong>at</strong>es<br />

Burnt flesh sits thick like incense in the air<br />

You arise, you have life<br />

Plant a mustard seed for me<br />

Plant a mustard seed for we<br />

Faith dance as though to honour our feet<br />

Greet the ground, prostr<strong>at</strong>e to its rhythm<br />

For the hums are my soul’s provisions<br />

Marble sits between the sl<strong>at</strong>s of discs and lashes<br />

Marble rejects lashes<br />

In a place my labour cre<strong>at</strong>es<br />

Our back is the mineral/stone/<br />

We will sail on liberty towards liber<strong>at</strong>ion,<br />

Hope bright like turmeric<br />

With two handfuls of it to light the passage<br />

Fallen women in white fan banana leaves<br />

Sustaining Ancestral chorus’ th<strong>at</strong> ring<br />

In three part harmonies<br />

They beckon for a return<br />

In a place my labour cre<strong>at</strong>es<br />

My f<strong>at</strong>her’s house has many rooms<br />

And, like my master, when i enter he will say well done<br />

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