By Dean Atta

"Beyond black, past white, past directly, past homosexual, so I say. Love your eyes over those phrases of fact. you may be uplifted."—Benjamin Zephaniah

"Go Dean Atta. converse the reality. Tweet the reality. add it. permit it ring out over the electronic area and strike at the guts of the offline instant and disconnected."—Lemn Sissay

To recognize that we proportion whatever unspeakable
To understand that as excessive as we upward thrust we're not obvious as equal
To be aware of that racism is institutional thinking
And that 'nigger' is the ultimate you heard earlier than a lynching.

Revolutionary, reflective, and romantic, I Am Nobody's Nigger is the strong debut assortment by way of one of many United Kingdom's most interesting rising poets.

Exploring race, identification, and sexuality, Dean Atta stocks his viewpoint on kinfolk, friendship, relationships, and London existence, from riots to one-night stands.

Dean Atta is a author and function poet. He received the 2012 London Poetry Award and was once named as probably the most influential LGBT humans by way of The self reliant on Sunday red record 2012. he's an envoy for the Spirit of London Awards for fulfillment in the course of the Arts.

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M. we meet, discreetly, and that i think no hazard We have been smoking a spliff and hearing Radiohead subsequent factor we have been kissing and that i used to be giving him ____ We had rapid rapport, I felt so secure There’s not anything I’d switch if i may return And while he acknowledged he was once coming to London Clapham to be specified, my first concept used to be To déjà vu this rendezvous will be great to stroll on pavements automobiles don’t fall via to talk loud and public with physique language yet then i assumed of why I had performed this And what i needed to accomplish. I had not anything extra to provide and not anything i wished to obtain From this old urban the place new know-how stumbled on a young second in shut proximity simply because now tonight is everlasting like Rome And during this poem i will take Leonardo domestic. How Did We It begun, as these items do, with a kiss And we observed it as just a few risk free enjoyable And notwithstanding within the second it appears like bliss We think so awkward while the deed is completed once I come I’m able to pass once I depart i would like to come You’re my kryptonite; I simply can’t say no You’re that lesson I by no means appear to study each go out is a revolving door each query is spoke back with a kiss each serious warning call i select to disregard Cos if you’re so incorrect why did I write this? Why whilst you’re close to am i able to no longer imagine transparent I continue asking myself how did we get right here? concerns of the guts Clutched our telephones tightly once we couldn't carry on to one another We burned mins To make up for the gap We gazed into area among letters rigorously crafted textual content messages Misunderstood makes an attempt To brain the distance among What used to be heard and acknowledged Written and skim Consonants and vowels phrases and sounds Don’t contact me the way in which i would like you to i will be able to paint lovely images With poetry yet phrases aren't sufficient by way of concerns Of the center. Fragmented while I wake within the morning To the heat of your epidermis i do know i would like you at the very least i would like to wish you Don’t say that you just love me I can’t endure to mislead you A fragmented center within to mend it – many have attempted to rip my chest open Ran and left it damaged i'm remade of superglue this is why I stick with you. surrender Me if you happen to gave your self a time limit To give up, it wouldn’t make it any more straightforward for you. so that you may still simply reduce me off straight away otherwise You’ll abuse your dependence On me till the final day of Your futile countdown. Your Lips will pass over me softly pressed opposed to them. Your physique will Yearn for me to direction my approach within you. You’ll succeed in out for Me after which somebody will Remind you that you just acknowledged that You don’t wish me, actually you Resent me, after which all your Day will look unnecessary and Empty. with no me, as your repair within the morning, at lunch, after paintings and for convenience and information final thing at evening you assert I assist you to sit back; I Ease your brain. You open up With me simply because I positioned a Welcome haze over truth Albeit momentarily, I assist you to deal with this so-called lifestyles the place you’re misunderstood And issues move undesirable whilst all you attempt to do is sweet.

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