Letter to London by Dean Atta

I wish you would find a way
to say you miss me,
not through my mother
or my friends. I wish the bells
of St Paul’s Cathedral
would call my name. I wish
Shakespeare’s Globe
would creak for me
to walk its boards again.
I wish paint would weep
from every canvas in Tate Modern
and Tate Britain
and fill the Thames
with a rainbow in my honour.
I wish your pigeons
would fly to Glasgow, lift me up
and carry me home.

Dean Atta

Dean Atta’s debut poetry collection, I Am Nobody's Nigger, was shortlisted for the Polari First Book Prize and his debut novel, The Black Flamingo, won the Stonewall Book Award. Dean’s work often deals with themes of gender, identity, race and growing up – and has appeared on BBC One, BBC Radio 4, BBC World Service, and Channel 4. Dean regularly performs across the UK, and internationally. He is a member of Malika's Poetry Kitchen. Dean is based in Glasgow, Scotland, and is co-director of the Scottish BAME Writers Network and a patron of LGBT+ History Month. www.deanatta.com Twitter: @deanatta, Instagram: @deanatta

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