I feel so peaceful and fortunate now after having the time to get to know the wonderful Barbican Young Poets and getting to be part of the work shared at the 2018 showcase on March 18th. It was something special to just experience so much energy and a room full of changemakers on stage and in the audience.
Forever grateful for having the opportunity to be part of this community and to learn with such good people. To support one another on this path we walk on is always going to reinforce the fact that light propels light.
I’ve been reading through the Barbican Young Poets 2018 anthology and I know I keep saying it but I really do feel so thankful to be part of this community of talented creative people. Soon the book will be available to buy in the Barbican Centre gift shop and online.
I have written a blog for the Poetry Translation Centre about some of my feelings about the programme which I will be sharing soon but there will never be enough words and even though this photo may not reveal how ‘jumping up and down happy’ I am, I really can’t stop smiling whenever I realise that we did it. We made a thing! We are part of a process that will go on to inspire more people as it has in the last 9 years. Even for those who don’t read or who find the world of poetry a bit unapproachable, I feel like now more than ever is a time where we should be encouraging one another to come together and feel part of a community.
Every action we take has a wider impact upon the world and when we step beyond ourselves and mix with people, laugh and create, that’s when we can enact the change we want for the world. I went to a talk yesterday where environmentalist monk Dada Jyotirupananda spoke about the need for us to see the ‘We in Me’ and flip the script on our relationship with the planet. Someone in the audience accused him of spouting hippy rubbish but actually there’s a bravery in admitting we need to come together to do the truly great things. You don’t need to do everything alone and there will be always be someone around you that you can share your path and energy with. As much as certain motivational posts on Instagram and beyond will say otherwise, the answer is just as much in the world around you as it is within yourself.
Photo by Catarina Rodrigues, Barbican 2018