In honour of National Poetry Month, Globe Books is pleased to bring you poems from some of the season’s most exciting new collections.
To make a work is to sit with your irrelevance
and confront your importance.
I mean, the swallows just fly.
And the papaya sweats when cut.
With the pad of my right index finger
I smooth my left brow.
It’s so easy and feels
feels so physical.
The taste of plain yogurt
which has turned, slightly.
I knew I would change physically.
– Aisha Sasha John
To make a work is to sit with your irrelevance is excerpted from Aisha Sasha John’s book Thou, published this month by BookThug.