‘Hunger made me’, reveals one speaker in Ripe, and the desire to be satiated fills these poems. Desperate women hide grains of rice in their hair, baked beans evoke a strained father-daughter relationship, plantains endure the fire. Yet hunger takes many forms, as the risks and rewards of its satisfaction are weighed, and cravings for intimacy are charged with danger. ‘When we’re born, we’re someone else’s’, but in this daring exploration of identity and survival, we hear a thrilling new voice come into its own.
Isabelle was highly commended in our VERVE competition judged by Andrew McMillan, and read her poem out at the festival. It was wonderful to have her along and to hear her read!
Date: 31st August 2020
Extent: 32 pp