poemof the moment
If this is not praise, this simple act of living, if this is not enough, then let us lie here and do nothing and see what God has to say about that.
about the poem
Tanya Shirley's 'Let This Be Your Praise' is a list of mundane events of the sort anyone might experience, yet the poem and its conclusion are anything but quotidian. Indeed, the poem finds in its list of daily doings praise enough for any deity who hungers for recognition. Life is its own tribute. Image: Praise the Lord by Sweet Capture Photography, under a Creative Commons licence
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One of the pleasures of acting as project manager for the SPL's Commonwealth Poets United project is meeting the poets involved. This week we met Tanya Shirley and she did not disappoint. StAnza audiences will not be disappointed either. Both her events take place on Friday 7 March: at 10.30am, she leads a workshop, Pop Story Gi Mi: The Art of Narrative Poetry (Public Library, Church Square); and at 5pm, Five O’Clock Verses, alongside W. N. Herbert (Parliament Hall, South Street).
Jamaican poet Tanya Shirley’s debut collection, She Who Sleeps With Bones (Peepal Tree Press, 2009), was named by the Jamaica Gleaner as one of the year’s best sellers. She is a performer with a background in oratory, drama and dance and has performed her poems in Venezuela, England, Canada, the U.S.A. and the Caribbean. Her second poetry collection will be published early 2014 by Peepal Tree Press. She is representing Jamaica in the SPL's Commonwealth Poets United project.