Longlisted for Best Anthology (Saboteur Awards, 2019)
Persona Non Grata is packed with exceptional poets writing on the theme of society's 'Outsiders'.
With interpretations exploring our refugee crises globally, physical and mental illness, homelessness, addiction and family estrangement, the anthology will be fundraising for two important and vital charities: 'Shelter' and 'Crisis Aid UK'.
AS OF 31ST DECEMBER 2019
I WILL RETURN TO PERSONA NON GRATA MANY TIMES AS EVERY TIME I READ A POEM AGAIN I FIND SOMETHING NEW – A NUANCE, A CAREFULLY PLACED LINE BREAK, A SINGLE SYLLABLE – THAT ADDS DEPTH AND EMOTION. THERE’S A PERFECT BALANCE OF IMPORTANT THEMES AND EXCELLENT WRITING IN THIS ANTHOLOGY."
- LINDA HILL, BEST BLOGGER AWARD 2018
"THESE POEMS ARE HEARTBREAKING, ASKING YOU TO PAY ATTENTION AND LISTEN."
- FIDA ISLAIH, EDITOR AND AUTHOR
By Jennie E. Owen
The flood water rises steadily
and out they come. Sleeking grim
confused creatures from the tide, from the mire.
Eyes flicker copper wire, up at the black beach,
reflect the bottle of the seaside streetlights.
A flash of scale. Of ivory. Feather and fur
In flight. Closer they come. As much strangers
to freedom as they are to the peeking
audience; for fingers are twitching at the curtains now.
These refugees are unaware in their hoof and claw otherness,
that they have not left their obliterated cages,
their sunken ark,
for good, just yet.
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