is brutal, a day-to-day butchering.
It is not alright to be lonely.
“I don’t think I’ve ever had to really articulate what racism feels like until coming here. So when I am here I get excluded from things, you get spoken over, you get checked for your ID several times by security; it’s frustrating. You’re the last table anybody ever wants to sit on when you’re the black girls. People look everywhere everywhere for a space and then eventually they’ll come and sit near you, and it’s like: OK, I see you there. You’re in a lecture and you’re like excited because you’ve spent six grand, you’ve given up your job to come and be here, you’ve worked hard to get your Masters, and then the whole curriculum is telling you about people who have enslaved your people and you’re asked to applaud their work.”
An interview with a Brookes student
Born and raised in Hong Kong, Jennifer is the author of two collections including Goldfish (Chameleon Press). Her work has been published appeared in The Rialto, Stand, Oxford Poetry, Asian Cha and others, while her poetry translation and reviews have also appeared in Poetry London and Poetry Review. She has recently completed a PhD on notions of place and identity in contemporary diasporic poetry in Oxford Brookes where she teaches as an Associate Lecturer.