Tolu Agbelusi and Hibaq Osman, two of Jacaranda Books’ #TwentyIn2020 poets, read from and discuss their stunning new debut collections.
Agbelusi’s Locating Strongwoman is a portrait of unperformed femininity. Eschewing the stereotypical portrayal of the ‘Strong Woman’ and the even more loaded ‘Strong Black Woman’, these poems invite the reader to interrogate the protagonists and find in their stories a quiet strength.
Osman’s Where the Memory Was presents poems in flashes of memory, inviting readers into a world full of blunt feeling and delicate poetics. Ranging in theme from inter-generational pain to reckless young love and battles with illness, these poems turn memory into a living aspect of our lives.
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