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Kissing (Deprived Of)

Of course I’m missing kissing…

I miss kissing every day.

I try to think of other things,

But the desire won’t go away.

 

I’m going out for healthy walks,

I’m doing lots of reading.

But when I think about your mouth

It’s not just my heart that’s bleeding.

 

I am obeying the Lockdown,

Big chunks of my life are missing,

But of all the things I’ve sacrificed,

Worst of all… is kissing.

Coronavirus – A Living Poem

I’m writing a living interactive poem in response to the Coronavirus pandemic. To do this, I will need your help. I devised this unusual format for a poem I wrote for the London Olympics in 2012, which was filmed by the BBC. You can see it here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-england-norfolk-18355116/wells-next-the-sea-performs-london-2012-olympics-poem. The written version can be found here: http://www.lgbtpoetlaureate.org.uk/going-for-gold/.

We are now living in a previously unimaginable and disturbing period of our history. I intend this poem to bear witness to our personal experience and tenacity during it. Your responses to this questionnaire will be, in part, the content and driving force for this poem.

If you’d like to take part, the link to add your submission is here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc81sEXQbGEQpj9xRcRQpfWti-M3GMvgW3Iygk_6VY0xNOo3Q/viewform. The finished poem will be about and for us all, whatever our age, colour, politics, religion or sexuality. All submission will remain anonymous.

About

LGBT POET LAUREATE:

This inaugural post was devised by Camden LGBT Forum to promote LGBT poetry in London and the UK. The name of the first LGBT Poet Laureate will be formally announced during LGBT History Month, February 2016.

Camden LGBT Forum is a charity that supports local LGBT residents. The Arts is a powerful tool we use to celebrate diversity and promote cohesion amongst our communities. During the last six years our “INCITE” Poetry event has been paving the way for LGBT talent to foster positive change through spoken and written word.

The recipient of the title, “First LGBT Poet Laureate” is Trudy Howson. The term of the appointment is for three years. During this period she will be expected to.

Write poems for nationally and internationally recognised LGBT days and events.

Write, perform and promote poetry that reflects and celebrates the very diverse experience of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans people within our society

Raise the profile and accessibility of LGBT poetry

The LGBT Poet Laureate’s poetry will:

Portray the lives and experiences of the LGBT community

Celebrate our style and culture.

Support LGBT people who feel isolated and marginalized within our society

Encourage within our community a sense of self respect and pride

Raise a greater public awareness of the LGBT community

Encourage LGBT people of all ages, nationalities and types, to read, write, watch and listen to poetry.

CONTACT: Camden LGBT Forum 020 7388 5720 camdenlgbtforum.org.uk

Facebook: INCITE Poetry