'Breath' by Grace Nichols

Nichols, Grace and Osborne, Deirdre. 2020. 'Breath' by Grace Nichols. Goldsmiths, New Cross. [Other]

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A new poem by Queen's Medal for Poetry recipient, Grace Nichols that I commissioned working with Goldsmiths to mark the 43rd anniversary of the Battle of Lewisham. The commission was in response to the fact that women were absent from the commemorative narratives concerning the mural, and this commission makes an intervention into that. It reflects upon the events of 13 August 1977 through the lens of the Black Lives Matter Movement and Covid-19. The poem is an example of my conceptual model, ‘Landmark Poetics’ and has also been installed in front of the commemorative mural to the Battle of Lewisham outside Goldsmiths Library on Lewisham Way.

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The poem is an example of commissioning a landmark poem arising from longstanding association with one of Britiain's prominent poets .


Landmark poetics, Black lives matter, Battle of Lewisham, Black British poetry

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English and Comparative Literature



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03 Jan 2023 12:16

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03 Jan 2023 12:16



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