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The poem ‘How To Pronounce Peckham’ was the first poem in the collection that was written. It was in late 2016 a long while before the conception of the collection. This poem was evidence of a planted seed in my mind, a small light of an endeavour to articulate the lives and times of my community of North Peckham and explore how architecture and social policies influence the lives of many working-class communities like my own.

Caleb FemiPoet

His Story

Caleb was London’s first Young People’s Laureate. He is a filmmaker and photographer as well as a poet, and his own photos – of the places and faces of the North Peckham Estate, where Femi’s imagination finds its jumping-off point – are scattered throughout the pages of Poor.

Sunday night’s ceremony also saw Caleb Femi win the £5,000 prize for best first collection for Poor, an exploration of life on a Peckham estate which also features photographs taken by the poet, and a poem dedicated to the murdered schoolboy Damilola Taylor, whom Femi knew.

Forward poetry prize

The poem
Things I Have Stolen
Debut Collection
Felix Dennis Prize for Best First Collection
Poem- "Coping"

Author 4dmin

Founded in 2020, Obsidain is an international organization committed to cultivating the artistic and professional growth of Black poets.

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