A while ago, in the fair gentrified slum of Dalston, there was a place called Open the Gate. I used to go there and chill, eat nice food, read books, listen to great DJ’s, hear top knotch live music, hear poetry, go to market and by african print clothes…. that kind of thing, it was child friendly and they had really comfy beanbags… it closed down and I was sad but so happy and grateful at all the wonderful enriching things I experienced there.
One of those things was the poet Anthony Anaxagorou. HIs poetry is honest, eloquent and refreshing. He is not afraid to tackle controversial and sensitive issues such as race, gender and inequality. Indeed, he does so with much alacrity and it is always eye opening to read his work and hear him recite. I often find it rather emotional. I cry far too easily sometimes I think! But there is strength in vulnerability…
He has a blog, check it out. His last post ” a short critique of patriarchy…” is worth a read and you will definately have much to ponder.