LGBTQ+ voices amplified in a luminous poetry anthology by Barbican and flipped eye

Graham Robson May 23, 2022

Articulations for Keeping the Light In, an anthology of intimate and personal poetry written by 23 new and alumni members of its Barbican Young Poets programme, will be published by not-for-profit indie press flipped eye publishing on July 14.

Articulations for Keeping the Light In features the freshest voices in the contemporary poetry panorama, including the most exciting up-and-coming LGBTQ+ poets such as Bella Cox, Simran Uppal, Abena Essah and Jinhao Xie, hailing from across UK and internationally.

Bella Cox – Barbican Young Poets 2022. Cred: Betty Laura Zapata

Edited by award-winning poet Rachel Long and flipped eye editor Jacob Sam-La Rose, this multifaceted, prismatic collection features a blackout poem inspired by Margaret Atwood, recipe prayers, Ghana’s President Nana Akufo-Addo‘s stance on criminalising homosexual carnal acts and more.

Jinhao Xie – Barbican Young Poets 2022. Pic cred: Betty Laura Zapata

Jacob Sam-La Rose, flipped eye senior editor and Barbican Young Poets artistic director and lead facilitator, said: “Barbican Young Poets is a programme that values a wide-ranging body of poetics, celebrating poetry both on the page and in performance with the intention of sidestepping that age-old dichotomy.

The connection between flipped eye and Barbican Young Poets feels like a perfect fit, bearing in mind the principles the programme upholds in nurturing its participants and the strong track record of developmental work flipped eye has. This is a milestone in the programme’s history.”

Simran Uppal – Barbican Young Poets 2022. Pic cred: Betty Laura Zapata

Barbican Young Poets is a cohort of 16-30 year olds, both new members as well as poets who have been part of the diverse group for a number of years. Now in its twelfth year, the programme’s ambition is to create space for poets to connect and build a community, while supporting the development of their craft