Monday, 18 February 2019

Poem | the poets are on the rise











the poets are on the rise

poetry 
is on the rise 
poetry sales
are on the rise


poverty 
is on the rise
migration
is on the rise
global warming
is on the rise
whooping cough
is on the rise
scarlet fever 
is on the rise
malnutrition
is on the rise
suicide
is on the rise

hate crime
is on the rise
blatant racism

is on the rise 
fear and ignorance 
is on the rise

protest 
is on the rise
protest poetry
is on the rise
empowerment
is on the rise
independently 
published work
is on the rise
the old school
DIY spirit 
is on the rise
poetry is 
on the rise


truth
is on the rise
fake news 
is on the rise
politicians 
feed us ugly lies
so beauty 
is on the rise 
and poetry  
is on the rise
and women
are on the rise
and outsiders 
are on the rise
to find connection
is on the rise
and authenticity
is on the rise
and caring about

this planet
is on the rise

the sea levels 
are on the rise
natural disasters
are on the rise
school children 
march and rise
on the rise
and we are many
is on the rise
we will not be silent
and we will rise
and rise and
you are not alone
and on the rise
me too 
is on the rise 
enough is enough
is on the rise 
and times up is 
on the rise
and black lives matter
is on the rise 
justice for Grenfell
is on the rise
Windrush shame
is on the rise


the 
poets
I love are

on the rise
their message 
is on the rise
their fury is 
on the rise
they are broke and 
hungry and sick
and tired and 
still they rise
survival is sexy
and on the rise
my poets swim
against the tide

poetry
is on the rise
courage is 
on the rise
resistance 
is on the rise
and love
is on the rise

we rise 
and rise and  
applaud each 
voice as we 
rise and rise
and rise 

because poetry
is documenting the
who, where, what and whys
wide open heart 
and wide open eyes 
poets are
on the rise
poetry is 
on the rise
love is 
on the rise
as poets we 
rise and rise
together we rise

and still 
we rise




(c) 2019. Salena Godden 





*sketch of a new poem written in response to all the pieces that are out now in newspapers and magazines with the tagline 'poets are on the rise' or 'poetry sales are on the rise'  - and also a little salute to Maya's 'Still I Rise'  - I love this, sharing links to articles, power to you all, keep writing and fighting the good fight! sgxx 



Meet the new generation of female poets rising in 2019


"Witty, forthright and consistently powerful, Salena Godden’s poetry is a joy to read and even more of a joy to hear. Her recorded album LIVEwire was shortlisted for the Ted Hughes award, while her latest release with Rough Trade Books, Pessimism is for Lightweights: 13 Pieces of Courage and Resistance, makes for a stirring cry against injustice and prejudice. You can sample a preview here. "  
Rosalind Jana, Stylist Magazine 





Generation next: the rise – and rise – of the poets: The Guardian














LATEST:'No Holds Barred' by Salena Godden
Underground Poems, limited edition broadside 
suitable for framing, published Feb 2019 by Tangerine Press


OUT NOW: 'Pessimism is for Lightweights 
13 pieces of Courage and Resistance' pamphlets and posters 
published at Rough Trade Books: 


OUT NOW: 'Salena Godden LIVE at Byline Festival EP' 
LIVEwire album, CD, DL, Vinyl, Zines 
plus T-shirts all available at Nymphs & Thugs: 






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Friday, 15 February 2019

LIVE shows & parties | March & April 2019


HELLO YELLOW  
HERE COMES THE SPRING 





MARCH & APRIL 
SOME VERY EXCELLENT 
EVENTS LIVE SHOWS BOOK 
LAUNCH PARTIES GIGS 
GATHERINGS FESTIVALS POETRY 
BOOKS TALKS & MORE...










FEBRUARY


MARCH



20 - GLASGOW,SONNET YOUTH

21 - EDINBURGH,SONNET YOUTH

22 - BRIGHTON, APPLES AND SNAKES,TROPE

27 - LONDON, HOST OF BOOKSLAM X WELLCOME PRIZE 

APRIL

3 - LONDON,VERVE POETRY PRESS,84 LAUNCH,FOYLES

16 - HASTINGS,PRINTED MATTER,CROWLEYS BAR


MAY

2 -  BELFAST, NEU REEKIE IN IRELAND

15 - BRIGHTON FRINGE WITH JOHN HIGGS












TAKE POETRY HOME


LATEST:'No Holds Barred' by Salena Godden
Underground Poems, limited edition broadside 
suitable for framing, published by Tangerine Press


OUT NOW: 'Pessimism is for Lightweights 
13 pieces of Courage and Resistance' pamphlets and posters 
published at Rough Trade Books: www.roughtradebooks.com 


OUT NOW: 'Salena Godden LIVE at Byline Festival EP' & LIVEwire album, CD, DL, Vinyl, Zines plus T-shirts available at Nymphs & Thugs: www.nymphsandthugs.net





Find the others





Meet the new generation of female poets breaking boundaries in 2019


"Witty, forthright and consistently powerful, Salena Godden’s poetry is a joy to read and even more of a joy to hear. Her recorded album LIVEwire was shortlisted for the Ted Hughes award, while her latest release with Rough Trade Books, Pessimism is for Lightweights: 13 Pieces of Courage and Resistance, makes for a stirring cry against injustice and prejudice. You can sample a preview here. "  
Rosalind Jana, Stylist Magazine 



It's been such a long dark winter,
I've been writing and hibernating
I cannot wait to go out and see you all,
I long for light and yellow days and blue skies,
See you at the bar! xxsg





Friday, 1 February 2019

poem | No Holds Barred










Tangerine Press proudly presents
Number #5 in the Underground Poems series
'No Holds Barred' by Salena Godden 
 a new and previously unpublished poem 
released Friday February 1st 2019







Indigo printed onto heavyweight natural 
archival paper, limited edition, poetry broadside, signed, numbered, suitable for framing and available from today








No Holds Barred


We're outside a pub
and she's yelling
telling me to
get back on my boat

my friends say ignore her
and she's just racist
but I put down my rum
and walk over and ask her
do you need a hug?

I stand with open arms
as wide as a map of the world
she bursts into tears
and I hold her for a while

my jacket gets stained
in the orange foundation
she wears to tan her face
my lapels are streaked 
with black mascara

the pub is rumbling 
under the mad full moon
as the ripping spring tide 
crashes this green island's shore

old souls sailed
my heart is a boat 
my ancestors longships
my grandmothers Windrush 
the rubber dinghies sunk without trace



(c) Salena Godden / London / 2019







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Meet the new generation of female poets breaking boundaries in 2019