Hannah has won numerous young poets network challenges organised by the poetry society; and she goes in to schools to run poetry workshops. Her first pamphlet Dear Body has been published by Wayleave Press, which details what life is like as a young person with a disability. Hannah writes about her disability as she thinks it is important children and young people understand the challenges that differently able people face. Her blog is here.
Here is one of Hannah’s poems – this was a winner in the August Challenge #2 on Young Poets Network (YPN) 19-25 age group category in 2016.
The lift, a green room for the wheelchair user
The doors are scissor blades –
sever us, give us space.
We exhale in sighs,
hot frustrated hand driers.
Our eyes flash colour, marbles
rolling around our sockets.
These flickering lids speak louder than we could.
We are sinking, quicksand drawing
us through floors as we complain
about the people
bumbling down the stairs.
The doors chime. We reapply smiles
The curtains are open,
we are actors, polite once again.
© Hannah Hodgson
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