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Feminist Biko by Jen Thorpe

Poetry Potion | September 19th, 2014 | poetry | No Comments

Poem

I first read ‘I write what I like’
In a politics class
That was, well, political.

I felt something like uncertainty
At wanting to relate to something
That didn’t need or want me to
And unsure
Of saying what I truly felt
For fear of ridicule.

I read it again more recently
Replacing ‘white’ with ‘men’
‘Black’ with ‘woman’
and found myself nodding
vigorously.

I now want to write what I like
I hope they feel uncertain.

Poet Bio

Jen Thorpe is a feminist writer and researcher based in Cape Town. She writes fiction, non-fiction, and poetry.

 

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