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National Poetry Day

1 October

Happy National Poetry Day!


The theme this year is “Vision” and I’ve chosen a poem that describes the potential of poetry as a catalyst for social and political change, within the post of LGBT Poet Laureate. Images and poetry will be promoted on social media throughout the day. I will be discussing my work and performing it in a Zoom meeting for Small Charities UK from 11am -12pm.


Poetry is my lover,

Politics is my wife.

Pleasing them is the driving force,

That governs my job and my life.


Though not an easy option,

It’s a privilege and a thrill.

Pushing Art to its limit,

To help change a Law, or Bill.


Poetry has a resonance,

It reaches out to us all.

Challenges, inspires and amuses,

It holds us in its thrall.


Art can make a difference,

In the way we think and act.

Express the things we need to say,

Make Equality and Justice fact.


1 October

The website of the LGBT Poet Laureate, where diversity, poetry and the LGBT community are celebrated