Monday, May 19, 2008

A poem about Ahmed, the Somali 'bad boy', Safia's brother


I was fortunate enough to be introduced to the work of a young Somali poet, Warsan Shire, a fierce 19 year old poet whose words are 'womanly wise'.

Her poem, 'Bus stop Genocide' reminded me so much of Ahmed and all the other Somali boys struggling to prove themselves without the tools to do it.

Listen to it here.

Be warned, it is deep and visceral, not easy listening but so vital.

Alhamdulillah, she will be gracing us with her presence, her poetry and prose at the East London launch on the 13th of July.

Will post more later...

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