Told you

Told you not to poke the bear
Told you not to eat the Cake
Told you not to play with them
Told you not to tread so loudly
Told you not to love your dad

Defended you against the bear
Saved you from becoming fat
Yelled at them for being mean
Taught you how to be considerate
Rewarded you for calling him names

Never told you bear was friend
Never told you cake makes happy
Never told you they are nice
Never told you that’s not how loud sounds
Never told you how much he loved you

You are mine
And mine alone
Therefore I can’t let you go
Go to be who you are meant to

So I told you
Told you not to
Told you not to do
Not to do
Whatever
Made you feel
Like you

Suffixes for Abuse

The prefixes you have for me
Usually start with fucking (insert derogatory term here)
You used them the moment you knew off me
Not anything about me–just off me

A threat to your carefully spun web of deceit
Of course you feel threatened by me
You cannot manipulate me
You cannot predict me

Your open threat:
‘Hands down I will win.’
Won’t work with me
I am healing–the noun
That means I am ripping off band-aids

Granddad always said:
‘Let air touch the wound to heal.’
Air, and light, and love
You won’t stop me loving them
You won’t stop me healing them

But you, you
For you I have given up
I have let go

And as of now
–after enduring years of your prefixes–
For you I have a suffix
May she rot in hell

Say it with Art!

14th of February-29 March 2019

If you are in any way affected by Brexit and want to express your situation and feelings through an artwork, poem or short story and share it more widely, please keep reading this open invitation.

Launch of a digital art collection

We are launching the creation of the open access digital collection Say it with Art and would love you to contribute by submitting an artwork, poems or short stories about Brexit. We would like to give individuals a voice through art. To express, communicate and connect with others from across the UK and other European countries.

We hope that the Say it with Art collection will be valuable to capture the turbulent moments in which we live, and provide a snapshot of our times to politicians and future generations beyond the dominating, and often polarised, journalistic and political voices. The collection will help others gain deeper insights into the everyday reality, hopes, dreams and fears, of individuals, and their experiences

All work received will be reviewed and work that is respectful and non abusive will be included in the Say it with Art collection.

Submit here!

https://goo.gl/forms/16DfeveQe3syKSNj2

Our invitation is open to anybody who has something to say about Brexit in the language and format of their choice. To submit your contribution, please access the following Google form at

This project is supported by the

Deadline

Please note, the invitation to submit will remain open until midnight on the 29th of March 2019. Thereafter, the team and supporters of this initiative, will review submissions and put the collection together. An announcement will be made via social media channels using the hashtag #sayitwithart when the collection is ready and how it can be accessed.

If you are the Programme Leader of a BA or an MA in Creative Writing or an Art and Design  programme anywhere in Europe please feel free to invite your students to submit their work for this collection.

We are really looking forward to your contributions and seeing this collection grow.

Chrissi Nerantzi @chrissinerantzi and Nathalie Sheridan @drnsheridan

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Brexit Scotland

Freedom of movement 02

This is like ‘Harry Potter’
Niece age 5
My new university

I wanted to live somewhere else
Where my dad’s death was not so loud
Because he never was here

With mountains, hills, water, woods
‘That’s my place’, I said touching the walls
Hearing their song

That’s where I belong
Freedom of movement

#Brexit Italy

Freedom of Movement 01

Just keep driving
We looked at one another
Two sisters
One thought

Just keep driving
Over the Alps
Like Hannibal
Without elephants
With an old Fiesta

Just keep driving
Only two cylinders working
One week holiday left
Brilliant views
Steep climbs

Just keep driving
To Venice

Freedom of movement

Brexit: You broke it

Our dream of togetherness
Our home
Our freedom to move
Our freedom to work

You broke it!

Vain dreams of power

Dillusional ideation of grandeur

You broke it!

Our hope of togetherness
Our home
Our peace of mind
Our companionship

You broke it!

Excessive self adulation

How dare you!

Little dreamers of power

Victims of illusion

You broke it!

And you shall pay

Right a wrong

What if you can’t right a wrong?

What if you can’t cry wolf?
What if you cannot pretend?
Anymore

Because
You know
Now

You placed yourself into a corner
You are stuck
And the only way out
Is truth