Poetry + Essays
No Body to Write With: Intrusion as a Manifesto for D/deaf and/or Disabled Poets
In this essay I examine the concept of literary ‘intrusions,’ arguing that ‘we will never be free of the intrusion of our own disabled and/or D/deaf reality in an abled, hearing world.’ The essay explores intrusion in literature, technology, and physical/multisensory experiments, offering a critical analysis of some of the work presented in Stairs and Whispers, as well as a call to arms for further exploration of ‘intrusion’ as a literary technique.
Stairs and Whispers: D/deaf and Disabled Poets Write Back, edited by Sandra Alland, Khairani Barokka and Daniel Sluman, is a ground-breaking anthology examining UK disabled and D/deaf poetics. Packed with fierce poetry, essays, photos and links to accessible online videos and audio recordings, it showcases a diversity of opinions and survival strategies for an ableist world. With contributions that span Vispo to Surrealism, and range from hard-hitting political commentary to intimate lyrical pieces, these poets refuse to perform or inspire according to tired old narratives.
How to be a Poet
A twenty-first century guide to writing well by Jo Bell and Jane Commane
With special guest essays from: Mona Arshi, Clive Birnie, Rishi Dastidar, Jonathan Davidson, Abi Palmer, Robert Peake and Joelle Taylor.