Tea with Cardamom
Tea with Cardamom 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.
Winner of 2017/18 New Poets Prize, judged by Kayo Chingonyi.
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.
– Kayo Chingonyi
Somali culture infuses this whole collection, with its smells and flavours and cultural detail, its affection and grief and tragedy – but more than this, here is a new voice in poetry, clear, lyrical, beautiful. I loved it.
– Carole Bromley