In January, three of the Chill Pill poets (myself, Adam Kammerling and Deanna Rodger) were invited to speak poems at TedxEastEnd. The theme was "Society Beyond Borders", here's what went down...
Tuesday, 25 February 2014
Thursday, 20 February 2014
Wednesday, 19 February 2014
Tuesday, 18 February 2014
Monday, 17 February 2014
Green budget halved
in the grip of a man
who shakes more hands
than he holds.
who knows the slash
better than the marks
they leave on the ground.
tell the men with castles
that they need canoes.
Lie to their tears
when it’s too late to stop
There is violence in truth -
when it hits –
it winds and fires
too much turbulence
from our whirling failure.
Who isn’t frightened
of what rips doors
and uproots houses?
Q1. Can writing poems about climate change change anything?
A. The first draft of this poem was called “Ode To Owen Peterson”, (I believe his name is Owen Paterson) so yes, ignorant poets writing about political issues need to research and channel their education through poetry.
Q2. What will you do with your educated opinion now you have written a political poem?
A. The evening I wrote this poem, I fell asleep in the kitchen of my shared flat, leaving the heat and all the lights in the house blaring. When my flat mate came home to ask what I was doing, I said writing a poem about climate change. My educated opinion has intensified my guilt about this incident.
Q3. Really though, what are you going to do?
A. I have signed anti-climate change cuts on SumOfUs.org, 38 Degrees and Change.org. I will participate in protests and not shy from confrontation with Climate Change sceptics. It’s about the facts.
Speaking of facts, by 2016, Climate Change will be removed from the UK National Curriculum, when I told my mother this she said “isn’t the National Curriculum the most dangerous form of censorship?”
Fact; if more people thought like my mother there would be no Peterson’s.
Actually 98% of people probably do.
Saturday, 15 February 2014
|I heart Poetry at Rich Mix w/ Inua Ellams, Raymond Antrobus, Anthony Anaxagorou, Karim Kamar, Eliza Shaddad, Sabrina Mahfouz|
On February 14th I gave a trial run of one of my dream projects to curate a Spoken Word Film Festival. Me and Film-Journalist and former Virgin-Media shorts judge Corrina Antrobus, sat through hours of terrible/terrific/traumatising love based poetry films. We were looking to challenge the idea of poetry films as a genre. How do the aesthetics of two different art-forms collaborate to compliment the meaning of the performance of words and visuals? These are the final eight films we selected for the IdeaTap's Take Over 2. We split it in two sections for the first and second half of the night. I'll post two videos that were selected on this blog for the next week on LOVE and HEARTBREAK.
Friday, 7 February 2014
Terrance Hayes Interview
Jacob Sam La Rose Interview
Jacob Sam La Rose Interview
Tuesday, 4 February 2014
TedTalk poet Indigo Williams & UK Hip-Hop Trio 'Strangelove' at Chill Pill, Febuary 20th (DO NOT MISS)
Stangelove is a UK Hip-Hop trio of alter-egos in a mix mezze platter of sharp, abstracted word-jazz and moody melodies. Check their latest EP below. Chill Pill can't wait to feel these lyrical break beat funk machines!
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Saturday, 4 January 2014
...Do I drive like Egyptian? Like I’m crazy? Like a step in front of me is a one-hit death? Mashallah, (God has willed it) we speak collision. There is always smoke curling from our engines, see the Souk? You call it market? Our spices are the colours of eruption. That’s why Soldiers impose curfews from streets, and we keep our fires in, house parties held behind every door, these were nights of hashish and tipsy-talk, but my friend, no Champagne leaves our shelves with the military barb wiring our roads, you’d have to load your tongue with Arabic to skin scrape our red African revolution. Change is the slowest train you can catch in Egypt, we’ve lost blood and patience waiting for it...