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A poem for the monarchy revisited on the Coronation of King Charles III: Eating Placenta — Lines on the Royal Birth

A poem fit for a king. Eating Placenta — Lines on the Royal Birth Anna Chen reads Eating Placenta: Lines on the Royal Birth Call me a coronation chicken but I’m sorely tempted to duck out of the Big Event this Saturday. I’m only one of a vast swathe of increasingly disenfranchised, pauperised Brits who […]

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A Brief History of the Chinese Who Came to Britain: Anna Chen’s Introduction to Hannah Lowe’s new poetry collection, Old Friends

Hannah Lowe’s new collection of poetry, Old Friends Published by Hercules Editions, May 2022 Introduction written by Anna Chen A Brief History of the Chinese Who Came to Britain How many Chinas are there? In 2022, two Grand Narratives jockey for position as the dominant conventional wisdom which will define China and its global diaspora:

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Lucy Chau Lai-Tuen poetry review: Ungrateful — A Paper Daughter

Review of Lucy Chau Lai-Tuen’s poetry collection: glimpses of perpetual marginalisation A moving, fairly disturbing, collection of poetry from Hong-Kong-born writer and actor Lucy Chau Lai-Tuen, Ungrateful — A Paper Daughter, takes you deep inside the experience of perpetual marginalisation. All the small everyday unthinking acts of callousness that grind you down are laid bare

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Heathcote Williams’ American Porn poetry collection: balancing passion and disgust on a razor’s edge — review

Five stars for Heathcote Williams’ American Porn poetry collection: balancing passion and disgust on a razor’s edge Seems like we are all stuck in a science-fiction writer’s coma dream, so deeply weird have been events of the past year. The culmination was the installation by electoral college (as opposed to popular vote) of our Orange

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Copper Comes A Cropper: a poem featuring Cressida Dick

It’s hard to believe that Cressida Dick, the woman at the head of the London Metropolitan Police operation that killed Jean Charles de Menezes, an innocent electrician, on the London tube in 2005 and terrified a whole lot of bystanders, is now running the police force. Whatever happened to holding power to account? The shooting

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