Poetry: Raymond Antrobus ‘Conversation With A Homeless Man On Shoreditch High St’ (@RaymondAntrobus)

Ray­mond Antro­bus


Ray­mond Antro­bus is a spoken word poet and pho­to­graph­er, born and bred in Hack­ney. He is co-cur­at­or of Chill Pill/Keats House For­um and has per­formed along side authors and poets such as Mar­gret Atwood, Michael Horovitz, Lemm Sis­say, Ben­jamin Zephaniah & Kwame Dawes. Ray­mond appeared on series 5 of BBC Radio 4’s Bespoken Word. He has been per­form­ing poetry since 2007 and is the Inter­na­tion­al Far­rago slam cham­pi­on 2008, Anti-Slam Champ 2010, won Best Per­form­ance by a Lon­don poet at the Far­rago annu­al poetry awards 2010 & Can­ter­bury Word Slam Champ 2012. He’s per­formed at Lit­er­at­ure Fest­ivals at London’s South­bank Centre and Uni­ver­sit­ies across Lon­don, Manchester and Cov­entry. Ray­mond has also toured Ger­many, Italy, South Africa & USA. He is one half of Speed Cam­era Shy’; a music pro­ject that com­bines Spoken Word/Rap with Dub Step. Sign­ing with Amer­ic­an Under­ground label Audio Gradi­ent. Ray­mond is cur­rently study­ing on the pilot Spoken Word Edu­ca­tion pro­gramme as part of the MA Writer/Teacher at Gold­smiths


Con­ver­sa­tion With A Home­less Man On Shored­itch High Street

Yeah bruv, no one’s giv­ing today. People get fuckin’ miser­able when it’s rain­ing, it’s like the sky takes the sun right out the people. Ya know, people think you got to be dumb to end up home­less, but look at these people bruv, any of them can end up smelling like the shit they walk into. Even my dad said be care­ful of women, they fuck you up bruv, alco­hol and drugs were inven­ted by men try­ing to run a woman out their skin. Nuff men top them­selves over women, I get it, trust me bruv. If I could start over you know what I’d do? I’d leave the crazy bitches alone and I’d learn three words a day in anoth­er lan­guage.

homeless manWith­in three years I’d speak five lan­guages, there’s a lot of money in lan­guage trans­la­tion bruv. I got a daugh­ter ya know. Beau­ti­ful little girl, I don’t see her cause’ the mum fucked me off. Bruv, you ever felt your heart in someone else’s hands? Women don’t have fin­ger nails bruv, just blood and fuck­ing claws. I shouldn’t be think­ing about this shit too much, you can’t think your­self happy bruv. I had a mate who read a lot of books, he was into that rad­ic­al black shit about Africa and shit. My man went fuck­ing psy­cho, shot two police­men on his door­step then shot him­self, it was the books bruv, he went fuck­ing mad. I got two books, the dic­tion­ary and the bible. Yeah, there’s this barber shop I go to and they cut your hair for free if you say you believe in God. Bruv, I walk in there hold­ing my bible so I can get a free shave too, they say I got to look good for God. I think its bull­shit though, I just want a free cut in case I see my daugh­ter. Would­n’t want her to see me look­ing like this.Anyway, bruv, you got any change?

The sun has come out.

The con­ver­sa­tion pieces are part of a series Ray­mond Antro­bus pub­lished last year, you can buy it here: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Shapes-Disfigurements-Of-Raymond-Antrobus/dp/1909136077/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1386254763&sr=8–1&keywords=Raymond+Antrobus




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Lana Bell

Lana Bell

Author / Poetry Edit­or at I Am Hip-Hop
Lana Bell, is an eight­een year old Lon­don­er who is based in Bris­tol. She is an emer­ging Spoken Word Artist, and the Poetry Edit­or for I Am Hip-Hop Magazine. She has been writ­ing for a dec­ade; though she has only been per­form­ing on from the age of fif­teen. She got into Hip-Hop music at four­teen, and she found a massive interest in Old Skl Sounds and the out­let that Hip-Hop music offered her.

About Lana Bell

Lana Bell
Lana Bell, is an eighteen year old Londoner who is based in Bristol. She is an emerging Spoken Word Artist, and the Poetry Editor for I Am Hip-Hop Magazine. She has been writing for a decade; though she has only been performing on from the age of fifteen. She got into Hip-Hop music at fourteen, and she found a massive interest in Old Skl Sounds and the outlet that Hip-Hop music offered her.

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