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Everything inhabitable

a poem by Marieke Lucas Rijneveld

Published here exclusively in English, the Dutch writer responds to the controversy over their decision to resign as Amanda Gorman’s translator.

Everything inhabitable

Never lost that resistance, that primal jostling with sorrow and joy,
or given in to pulpit preaching, to the Word that says what is
right or wrong, never been too lazy to stand up, to face
up to all the bullies and fight pigeonholing with your fists
raised, against those riots of not-knowing inside your head,

Please, to continue reading turn to the Guardian website, March 6, 2021; oorspronkelijk in de Volkskrant, 6 maart 2021.

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