Just being here is glorious

I had been struck mute by the news, and reactions to it. But over on my poetry blog I've been thinking about an artwork, and sharing an essay I wrote for a brochure back in 2001 that quotes some newspaper headlines such as 'ASYLUM: WE ARE BEING INVADED'. So no surprises here at headlines now.

I've also shared a poem about refuge, on of the 'Dunno Elegies' from my book How I Learned to Sing. It uses the Rilke line 'Just being here is glorious' as an epigraph, as that is often the experience asylum seekers and refugees have expressed to me about being in England.

To avoid too much poetry on this blog, you can read it over here.