Five years after the seminal U.S. anthology, Beauty is a Verb, Nine Arches Press proudly published this innovative and boundary-breaking anthology. Co-edited by poets Sandra Alland, Khairani Barokka and Daniel Sluman, Stairs and Whispers: D/deaf and Disabled Poets Write Back examines the poetics of disabled and D/deaf cultures. The first of its kind and packed with fierce poetry, essays, photos and links to accessible online videos, it showcases a diversity of styles, opinions, and survival strategies for a world that often works to shut us down.
With contributions that span Vispo to Surrealism, and range from hard-hitting political commentary to intimate lyrical pieces the poets brought together in this anthology refuse to perform or inspire according to tired old narratives.
Includes poetry & prose by:
Aaron Williamson, Abi Palmer, Abigail Penny, Alec Finlay, Alison Smith, Andra Simons, Angela Readman, Bea Webster, Cath Nichols, Catherine Edmunds, Cathy Bryant, Claire Cunningham, Clare Hill, Colin Hambrook, Daniel Sluman, Debjani Chatterjee, Donna Williams, El Clarke, Eleanor Ward, Emily Ingram, Gary Austin Quinn, Georgi Gill, Giles L. Turnbull, Gram Joel Davies, Grant Tarbard, Holly Magill, Isha, Jackie Hagan, Jacqueline Pemberton, Joanne Limburg, Julie McNamara, Karen Hoy, Khairani Barokka, Kitty Coles, Kuli Kohli, Lisa Kelly, Lydia Popowich, Mark Mace Smith, Markie Burnhope, Michelle Green, Miki Byrne, Miss Jacqui, Naomi Woddis, Nuala Watt, Rachael Boast, Raisa Kabir, Raymond Antrobus, Rosamund McCullain, Rose Cook, Sandra Alland, Saradha Soobrayen, Sarah Golightley, sean burn, Stephanie Conn
“The publication of this anthology of poems by a wide scope of talented individuals represents a ground-breaking step in terms of UK publishing. It is a first. For D/Deaf and Disabled writers it affords the 50 + contributors an exciting new voice, through Writing Back. Each poem and short essay is printed in full, and the excellent editorial team of three provides a link to all audio and video content also. Access is defined in many ways and this wonderful collection provides the reader with access to diverse experiences and reflections from the parallel world of so many us who self-identify as D/Deaf, Disabled, or ‘other’ writers and performers.”
– Jacqueline Whymark, Scottish Poetry Library volunteer
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