A group of published UK-based authors and illustrators of picture books, children's and YA.
I’m a novel girl, I have to admit. I like meaty stories and would choose a gorgeously written YA fantasy over a book of poetry any day.
That said, there are exceptions. There are poems and old folk ballads I adore. I could probably list a fair few but today, given the times we live in and the world around us right now, I’m just going to say that some of the most beautiful, heartbreaking, hopeful poetry I’ve ever read is by Warsan Shire.
Look her up, seriously. You won’t regret it. There’s a book of poetry I’d probably pass up the YA fantasy for.
My favourite is a poem called “what they did yesterday afternoon” and I’m just going to copy in a piece of it here to show you why I love her work so much.
later that night
i held an atlas in my lap
ran my fingers across the whole world
where does it hurt?
All of which, really, is to say what we authors often say: words have power. Words can illuminate and transform the world.
What’s your favourite poem?