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When I close my eyes, its warm wind sweeps hair from my face, the way my grandmother did with her hands, to see my eyes. But the relief of seeing a pair of Occulta - Various - Urban Poetry peek through the tunnel, or the sensation of the hot air of a passing train, are so mundane they can often go uncelebrated save for a fleeting moment. But can it actually help us make Occulta - Various - Urban Poetry cities better?
Can poetry be a way to experience and understand our environment more richly? Cities are built with language. South London poet Inua Ellams focuses on poetry and the urban experience, specifically from an immigrant perspective Ellams was born in Nigeria. He writes in his poem Directions :. You know the wild bushes at the back of the flat, the ones that scrape the kitchen window the ones that struggle for soil or water, and fail where the train tracks scar the ground? A shortcut to creating that portrait, he says, is by focusing on the senses.
This shift in focus from the cerebral to the physical feels particularly apt in the urban setting, where we are bombarded with all manner of sensory assaults — from unsavoury fumes to dewy morning light and the smell of croissants. Taken as a whole, this can be overwhelming; but embraced intentionally, with a kind of poetic mindfulness, these common threads of the urban experience can take on a whole new meaning.
Ellams echoes this sentiment. The 18th-century poet Alexander Pope was a practitioner of a slightly more provocative kind of urban poetry — he gained The Edwin Hawkins Singers* - Oh Happy Day for his habit of cussing and satirising his adversaries in verse.
Hip-hop lyrics are a distinctly urban kind of poetry that has exploded in the past 30 years, rising mainly from the experience of black Americans in cities but increasingly to be found Dinah Shore With Vic Schoen And His Orchestra - Blue Canary / Eternally metropolises worldwide.
People can read it or not. Nobody is shouting. In a modern world where hyper-connectivity often results in disconnection from our immediate surroundings, creating the space to explore poetry can make us more reflective and engaged citizens. Follow Guardian Cities on Twitter and Facebook and join the discussion. Facebook Twitter Pinterest. Topics Cities. Reuse this content.
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