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“It’s punk for the 21st century”: how spoken word poetry is speaking back to politics

Along with 3.7 million EU citizens in the UK, I wasn’t allowed to vote. With the Brexit deadline looming, I found my voice through poetry, instead

By Elise Wouters  

When the EU referendum result spread through the fields of Glastonbury in June of 2016, I didn’t yet grasp how far-reaching its impact would be. It might have been the festival sleep-deprivation, but leaving the EU felt like an opaque and distant, albeit concerning, concept. Two years on, the intersection of the Brexit reality with my daily life has begun to manifest itself in profound and absurd…

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