‘Screams’ By Jaaziyah Shiraz

They keep me up from miles away,
They keep me up and how I wish they could stay,
Salt water encases them,
The only form of comfort that they will know henceforth,
When did it become okay to make the sea our graveyard?
My so-called religion is now a curse yet i am but one of many pleas,
Refugees.… Read More ‘Screams’ By Jaaziyah Shiraz


African women poetry changing the craft

The poems of these women have helped shape a global African poetic that creates a sense of unity without subjugation, a celebration of the words of Bob Marley when he sang, “How good and how pleasant it would be, before God and [wo]man, to see the unification of all Africans.”… Read More African women poetry changing the craft

Yrsa Daley-Ward: The model who turned her pain into poetry

The Instagram poet Yrsa Daley-Ward has had a difficult life – an unsettled childhood, the loss of her mother and struggles with depression. But it’s these things, she says, that have made her the person she is and added an extra dimension to her first, recently published collection, Bone.

It was an episode of Coronation Street that prompted Yrsa Daley-Ward’s mother to make a confession. The soap’s storyline revealed that one character long supposed to have been another’s father, was in fact her stepfather.

I believe that every experience is positive and I wouldn’t have a book of poetry if I hadn’t gone through challenging times. Yrsa Daley-Ward, Poet… Read More Yrsa Daley-Ward: The model who turned her pain into poetry


Maya Angelou; Still I Rise

“Still I rise”… Read More Maya Angelou; Still I Rise