every disaster movie
begins with the government
ignoring a scientist
ignoring the signs -
the barking dog
the flight of birds
the stomach contents
of a dead whale
the colour of the rain water
a woman speaking
any woman speaking
the enlightened being
the poet, the artist
the writing on the wall
the lyrics of songs
the child's nightmares
the poor and the sick
and the vulnerable
has everyone ignoring
the homeless person
crying for change.
(c) 2020. Salena Godden
NEW work performed at LIVEwire:
Verve Poetry Festival
Spring is springing. . .
Hello there, how are you doing?
I'm sending this from my writing cave.
I'm up and writing at 4am most mornings, busy working on new projects
This isn't self-isolation, just my writing process, just hibernation
And all will be revealed soon soon soon...
Here's five spring gigs to keep us on our toes and to share new work.
Be safe. Come along if you can... xxsg
UPDATE: SORRY! ALL OF MY GIGS ARE CANCELLED FOR NOW. PLEASE STAY HOME IF YOU CAN. CHECK IN ON THE ELDERLY AND VULNERABLE, YOUR FRIENDS, FAMILY AND NEIGHBOURS. STAY INFORMED. BE MINDFUL OF WHAT YOU SHARE ONLINE, TRY NOT TO SHARE MISLEADING MISINFORMATION. BE KIND. BE AWARE OF OTHER PEOPLES FEAR AND CONCERNS - JUST BECAUSE YOU FEEL SAFE, REMEMBER OTHER PEOPLE MIGHT NOT BE AS FIT OR STRONG OR FEEL AS SAFE AS YOU. DONATE TO FOOD BANKS IF YOU CAN. AVOID CROWDS. SHOP LOCAL. PLAY IT SAFE. READ GOOD BOOKS TO AID STRONG MENTAL HEALTH. GROW YOUR OWN POTATOES IN A BUCKET. MUSIC IS GOOD FOR YOU, LISTEN TO ALL YOUR OLD VINYL. MAKE SOUP.
WASH YOUR HANDS.
Episode 4: Roaring 20s Radio
LIVE on Soho Radio, Saturday March 14th, 4-6pm
Roaring 20s Radio is available as a podcast - https://anchor.fm/roaring20sradio
Listen live: https://www.sohoradiolondon.com
Thanks for tuning in!
NEW: The Good Immigrant Japan
Out now translated and published in Japanese
So honoured and excited to see our work in translation, I will treasure it!
Thanks and love to the brilliant Nikesh Shukla
And everybody that has supported this book!
LOVE the yellow cover!!
PESSIMISM IS FOR LIGHTWEIGHTS