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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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White<br />

Home after training. E. was born last night.<br />

Bus was l<strong>at</strong>e, dark walking to the house.<br />

Inside everyone was there – plus K’s soup!<br />

C<strong>at</strong> missing, T. broke her smallest toe – didn’t notice.<br />

(All else fine.)<br />

E. is prem<strong>at</strong>ure, the weight of two bibles.<br />

I owe her something. Heavy sense, especially now.<br />

A drink is still my passport and disguise. All evening<br />

playing records with the men. I couldn’t leave.<br />

Whiskey got lower and lower.<br />

S. has no more chances <strong>at</strong> the magistr<strong>at</strong>es.<br />

No fights tonight. But S. said E. looked like the napalm girl.<br />

It caused a promise in my heart: E. will inherit a world.<br />

There will be fish in the sea, stronger than S’s hands.<br />

Her tongue and eyes will not grow grapes or radi<strong>at</strong>e.<br />

Hidden things will keep their hidden places.<br />

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