The Poetry of Black Lives Matter

by Sally Nolan

The names of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Sean Reed and more ring in our ears as life-changing events have unfolded in the past few months. It has left people with the urge to protest, to tear down statues and fight for justice.

'BLMUK photoshoot' (Connor Newson, 2020)

However, there is an aspect of the #BlackLivesMatter movement that has not gained much attention, and that’s poetry. Beautiful art has been created throughout this movement, and one thing is for sure: it’s not going away. I spoke to some of the poets who took pen to paper in order to express themselves on the events over the last few months.

If I Wasn’t Brown

Tania Caan, 27

If I wasn't brown —

Would life have been easier?