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I saw a bride splendid in white garments
I saw a woman with one hundred children 
The children plump and firm within her arms,

Ruth Awolola
Poet
Ruth Awolola is a student, youth worker and poet currently. She is one of the 5 poets included in Rising Stars: New Young Voices in Poetry which was highly commended at the CLiPPA 2018
Poem

I have been here once before – It was a long time ago, I don't remember when.
But as my father handed me the axe-head
Images exploded in my brain.

Poet
James Berry's poems celebrate the inner city life of Britain and the rural Caribbean. He was awarded an OBE for services to poetry and died in 2017.
James Carter
Poem

 

A wolf once chanced upon a dog

outside the wild wood.

Cried Wolf, ‘And how are you today?’

Barked Dog, ‘Well, life is good:

Zim Zam Zoom
Poem

There's a ...

jaw-snapper

teeth-gnasher

river-swimmer

dives-for-dinner

 

fish-catcher

back-scratcher

cave-seeker

winter-sleeper

Poem

Deep in the depths of a dark, dark pool 
lives a water monster named Billy McCool. 
He's got shiny scales of pink candy ice 

Poet
Valerie Bloom is a performance poet, originally from Jamaica. Her poems feature in the CLiPPA 2015 shortlisted book Give the Ball to the Poet: A New Anthology of Caribbean Poetry.
Rhythm and Poetry
Poem

I’ve seen those tough as oaks

weep like willows

even the hardest thugs can have tear stained pillows

most can’t see the forest for the trees

Poem

He was seven and I was six, my Brendon Gallacher.
He was Irish and I was Scottish, my Brendon Gallacher.
His father was in prison; he was a cat burglar.

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