But history is a sneaky mistress. I think of you lying in the harbour This is your rightful home,Here, in the pit of chaos with the rest of us. This astonishing poem was written by Vanessa Kisuule, the Bristol City Poet, in June 2020 in response to the destruction of the statue of Edward Colston, a slaver. Taking a few days off Twitter to make sure I finish my Masters essay this week... see you on the other side. But still you are permanent.You who perfected the ratio.Blood to sugar to money to bricks. Here, in the pit of chaos with the rest of us. And who carved you?They took such care with that stately pose and propped chin. Children learn and titans sing The righteous wrench of two ropes in a grand plié. You who perfected the ratio. I’m on mat leave so haven’t written any lessons on it yet…. ( Log Out /  But still you are permanent. Blood to sugar to money to bricks. With the clang of toy guns, loose change, chains, a rain of cheers. And who carved you? Punk Ballet. This piece is called Hollow and I hope you like it. Countless times I passed that plinth, They took such care with that stately pose and propped chin. Wise and virtuous, the plaque assured us.Victors wish history odourless and static.But history is a sneaky mistress. Vanessa has also offered the poem to teachers as a teaching tool. Each bougie building we flaunt haunted by bones. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. Moves like smoke, Colston, I've captioned it and everything! Colston, I can’t get the sound of you from my head. Out of interest have you done any online resources for it yet? Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. But the air is gently throbbing with newness.Can you feel it? pic.twitter.com/LtoyXVmi99, — Vanessa Kisuule (@Vanessa_Kisuule) June 8, 2020. ( Log Out /  Rust in shame, Eddie. I’ve taken a few liberties with formatting and punctuation, but have tried as far as possible to stick to the poet’s underscoring from the original video. Blood to sugar to money to bricks. I've captioned it and everything! Thank you so much for this, I was just about to transcribe it so saves me so much time. Thanks again! There is more to come. Apr 18 hollow homes. Each bougie building we flaunt haunted by bones.Children learn and titans singUnder the stubborn rust of your name. You came down easy in the end.The righteous wrench of two ropes in a grand plié. Take your twisted glory and feed it to the tadpoles.Kids will write raps to that syncopated splash. If you continue to use this site we will assume that you are happy with it. Colston, I can’t get the sound of you from my head. Vanessa is one of the three main antagonists in Season 1 of The Hollow and later, one of the six protagonists in Season 2. This is your rightful home, Vanessa charms Kai and lies to him to get him in her team, as she thinks his powers could be useful. You who perfected the ratio. Act 1. City Poet Vanessa Kisuule has responded to the toppling of the statue of Edward Colston at a Black Lives Matter protest on 7 June 2020 with a new poem that has been praised by writers Malorie Blackman and Philip Pullman, MP Dawn Butler and people across the city. Change ), How to Teach English Literature: Overcoming Cultural Poverty. Victors wish history odourless and static. Moves like smoke, Colston,Like saliva in a hungry mouth. But still you are permanent. An initiative of Bristol Cultural Development Partnership (BCDP). This astonishing poem was written by Vanessa Kisuule, the Bristol City Poet, in June 2020 in response to the destruction of the statue of Edward Colston, a slaver. Can you feel it? Countless times I passed that plinth,Its heavy threat of metal and marble. She takes him flying in the sky and they hit the moon as if it was a screen. Hi – I’m afraid not. She, Reeve, and Skeet comprise the rival team that opposes Adam, Kai, and Mira in Season 1, of which she acts as the leader. I am planning 2 lessons about it now. But the air is gently throbbing with newness. Standing ovation on the platform of your neck.Punk Ballet. Despite being … ( Log Out /  Its heavy threat of metal and marble. Take your twisted glory and feed it to the tadpoles. they are shells of people counterfeit families on display they are strangers with names and faces i know asking questions no one can answer why do they torture themselves with the unknowns ignoring the life they claim to live His entire fortune was built on the systematic enslavement, murder and rape of enslaved Africans. Reeve. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. You came down easy in the end. Under the stubborn rust of your name. There is no poem more succinct than that. I've never been prouder to be Bristol City Poet & to offer a poem to my adopted city than I am today. But as you landed, a piece of you fell off, broke away, She is a duplicitous, manipulative girl with the superpower of flight. This piece is called Hollow and I hope you like it. ( Log Out /  His entire fortune was built on the systematic enslavement, murder and rape of enslaved Africans. Like saliva in a hungry mouth. vanessa marie Poems . Rust in shame, Eddie. Act 1.There is more to come. I think of you lying in the harbourWith the horrors you hosted.There is no poem more succinct than that. Make sure you don't miss out on any events by signing up to our mailing list. Kids will write raps to that syncopated splash. With the horrors you hosted. Briefly, you flew, corkscrewed, then met the ground Vanessa has also offered the poem to teachers as a teaching tool. Kisuule has generously given her permission for anyone to use the poem in the classroom, so I’ve transcribed it to make that easier for busy teachers. Kai has a huge crush on Vanessa until he finds out she was using him. Kisuule has generously given her permission for anyone to use the poem… I've never been prouder to be Bristol City Poet & to offer a poem to my adopted city than I am today. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. But as you landed, a piece of you fell off, broke away,And inside, nothing but air. And inside, nothing but air. Wise and virtuous, the plaque assured us. There is no poem more succinct than that. Standing ovation on the platform of your neck. Briefly, you flew, corkscrewed, then met the groundWith the clang of toy guns, loose change, chains, a rain of cheers.

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