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Lunar Poetry Podcasts

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A series of discussions, interviews and live recordings with poets from the UK and abroad in which we examine the writing process. Now hosted by Peter deGraft-Johnson a.k.a The Repeat Beat Poet, the series was founded by David Turner in October 2014 in south east London.


Ep. 127 - Otis Mensah

This week Peter deGraft-Johnson (The Repeat Beat Poet) speaks to Hip Hop artist and former Sheffield Poet Laureate, Otis Mensah. They discuss how the concept of introspective documentarianism underpins Otis' work of building a personal identity and creative voice around artistic truth and vulnerability, through rap and poetry. There's also talk of surviving and decrying racial capitalism, and a breakdown of Otis' tenure as laureate.  

Otis reads three poems - 

17:12 - Contrary To The Intangible Grapevine
35:25 - The Thinks
1:00:00 - No Record Store Day

Download a full transcript here: (COMING SOON)

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Episode music is an original composition by Snazzy Rat. You can find more from Snazzy here: 

Our production team is Mystery Planet Productions. 

Also mentioned on the podcast - 

Rhyme & Reason (series of filmed conversations as part of Otis' Artist Residency with Sheffield University, ft. Awate, Suhaiymah Manzoor-Khan, and Open Mike Eagle) 

Pen-Ting Poetry -

Kid Cudi - Man On The Moon (2009)
Warda Yassin, current Sheffield Poet Laureate.  
Vanessa Kisuule's poem Hollow. 

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