African Voices In A Luminous Poetry Anthology

Articulations for Keeping the Light In
by Barbican Young Poets

Published by flipped eye
14 July 2022
RRP: £7.99
ISBN:  9781905233-793

An anthology of intimate and personal poetry written by 23 new and alumni members of its Barbican Young Poets programme, published by not-for-profit indie press flipped eye publishing.

Articulations for Keeping the Light In explores themes of dreams and memory, as well as scenes of bliss, connection, sex and desire. There are also pieces that hold up a mirror to trauma, brutality, isolation, and the violent realities affecting us and the world now.

Edited by the programme’s Artistic Director and Lead Facilitator, Jacob Sam-La Rose, and poet and programme Co-Tutor, Rachel Long, the anthology includes new poetry written by Oshanti Ahmed, Esme Allman, Mandisa Apena, Rachel Cleverly, Courtney Conrad, Bella Cox, Geraint Ellis, Abena Essah, Rakaya Fetuga, Rosanna Hildyard, Minying Huang, Gabriel Jones, Kerrica Kendall, Rachel Lewis, Cia Mangat, Sarah McCreadie, Shanay Neusum-James, Tasmia Salim, Maeve Slattery, Matt L T Smith, Simran Uppal, Maggie Wang and Jinhao Xie.

The Barbican’s Young Poets are a cohort of 16-30 year olds, both new members as well as poets who have been part of the diverse group for a number of years. Now in its twelfth year, the programme’s ambition is to create space for poets to connect and build a community, while supporting the development of their craft and alumni from the programme include Eleanor Penny, Kareem Parkins Brown, Amina Jama and Laurie Ogden

Jacob Sam-La Rose, flipped eye Senior Editor and Barbican Young Poets Artistic Director and Lead Facilitator, said: 

Barbican Young Poets is a programme that values a wide-ranging body of poetics, celebrating poetry both on the page and in performance with the intention of sidestepping that age-old dichotomy. The connection between flipped eye and Barbican Young Poets feels like a perfect fit, bearing in mind the principles the programme upholds in nurturing its participants and the strong track record of developmental work flipped eye has. This is a milestone in the programme’s history. 

Rachel Long, Barbican Young Poets Co-Tutor, said: 

What a joy to witness the coming together of Barbican Young Poets and flipped eye – two powerhouses of poetry, both bedrocks of supporting and publishing exceptional writing talent. How exciting for the future of poetry in this country, and wider. The poems collected here are alive; electric, urgent, and capacious. They go beyond having their ‘finger on the pulse’ of now, they are it. These poets, and poems, wrestle with what now is, our current moment, and state, and they render it, carefully onto the page in such new and exciting ways.

Lauren Brown, Creative Learning Producer, Barbican, said:

We are delighted to be partnering with flipped eye publishing on the Barbican Young Poets 2022 anthology. This new partnership brings exciting potential for the extraordinary work of our young artists to reach even more widely and be rightfully platformed alongside other exceptional poets in the sector.

An exclusive edition of the anthology is published by the Barbican on 8th May, launched at a free poetry showcase in the Barbican Conservatory, with the main edition published on 14th July by flipped eye.

Written by: Anna Zanetti

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