With an introduction from Anisa Haghdadi and a foreword by Polarbear.
When Anisa Haghdadi launched Poetry Jam in Birmingham 5 years ago, she had no idea of the almost legendary status the monthly event would achieve in the city, and the massive crowds it would draw. A free open mic only night where anyone can come and read to the crowd and be sure of a warm and enthusiastic reception, Poetry Jam has been an essential element in the production a whole generation of poets on the Birmingham scene.
This anthology pulls poems from Poetry Jam regulars old and new to form a snapshot of poetry in the city that is exhilarating and exciting. Name local poets such as Jasmine Gardosi, Nafeesa Hamid and Amerah Saleh rub shoulders with incredible emerging poets from the scene. The book also features poems contributed by Polarbear himself (his first spoken word poem to reach the page) and the wonderful Deanna Rodger. Steven and Deanna have been heavily involved in promoting and improving poetry in the city.
Verve Poetry Press aims to promote and celebrate poetry in all its forms, with a specific focus on Birmingham and the Midlands! What better way to launch our press than with the Poetry Jam 5th Anniversary Anthology!