Poems about disability

Your Place

Joe at his flat

Last year, I wrote a poem (a pantoum) called 'This Place' about visiting my son in the adolescent psychiatric unit where he spent four months (read it here).

He now has his own flat, living independently with support. So I decided to write a follow-up poem of the same length in the same style, hoping that this will illustrate the wonderful progression.

Dispensible Other

Covid-19

Accept our rule and stop this hue and cry
Some loved ones have to go before their time
It's just the weak and sick and old who'll die

We have a theory here to justify
Our nudging unit thinks it's just sublime
Accept our rule and stop this hue and cry

No need to test or rest or notify
Our British stock is mostly in its prime
It's just the weak and sick and old who'll die

Read Rhymes

Read Rhymes
26/04/2019 - 20:00

Janine is one of four poets taking part in REaD Rhymes Live - Disability Arts, Survivors Poetry, with local poets and open mic 

Venue: Karamel Restaurant, 6 Coburg Road, Wood Green, N22 6UJ

 

Restaurant opens at 7pm. Diners should call 020 8829  8989 for table reservations at this vegan restaurant/arts centre

Special Educational Needs

busy classroom

You sit me on a chair that hurts
In a classroom full of noise and light
You put a pen in my wrong hand
And tell me that I have to write

You speak in terms that don't make sense
You write in symbols I can't see
You talk to everyone at once
You talk to everyone but me

Odd

Neurotypicals
Seem odd because they can't see
The trees for the wood

Invisible Festival

20/04/2018 - 19:30

Janine takes the Disaffected Middle-aged Women to this excellent event ...

Celebrating the culture and unique talents of people with invisible disabilities, such as autism, ADHD, dyslexia, dyspraxia and synaesthesia, this groundbreaking show will feature spoken word, comedy and live performance art by highly acclaimed artists with invisible disabilities. 

Venue: Rich Mix London, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, E1 6LA

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