Warda’s New Poets Prize Pamphlet
Squad 8 grad Warda Yassin won the 2018 new Poets Prize and her pamphlet Tea with Cardamom is now out from the Poetry Business. Her work crosses borders and cultures, combining the family storytelling of a home in Somalia with a childhood in a UK city. These vibrant, vivid poems contain so many lives: the colour, the laughter and the heartache.
The competition was judged by Kayo Chingonyi, who wrote “These poems struck me as wonderfully contemporary while gesturing towards something ancient in their frequent recourse to that which is passed down, as well as that which we improvise as our own pathways unfold. The poems invoke a world within a world making for a multi-layered perspective on life in the UK at the present moment.”