Poetry Shelf connections: Grace Iwashita-Taylor’s ‘my heart is in my mouth’



my heart is in my mouth



my mama didn’t prepare me for this, but her illness did

a forced pause for the heartburn of a worlds over consumption

isolation, a foreign concept for villages of homes

with more bellies than the home-belly can house

but indeed the sky has stopped bleeding, is now naked and breathing

standing outside under nights blanket I try to sink my breath in tune with it

the mouths of the monsters to our own making are now unveiled, are you listening?

my heart is in my mouth






Grace Iwashita-Taylor





Grace Iwashita-Taylor, breathing bloodlines of Samoa, England and Japan. An artist of upu/words led her to the world of performing arts. Dedicated to carving, elevating and holding spaces for storytellers of Te Moana nui a Kiwa. Recipient of the CNZ Emerging Pacific Artist 2014 and the Auckland Mayoral Writers Grant 2016. Highlights include holding the visiting international writer in residence at the University of Hawaii 2018, Co-Founder of the first youth poetry slam in Aoteroa, Rising Voices (2011 – 2016) and the South Auckland Poets Collective and published collections Afakasi Speaks (2013) & Full Broken Bloom (2017) with ala press. Writer of MY OWN DARLING commissioned by Auckland Theatre Company (2015, 2017, 2019) and Curator of UPU (Auckland Arts Festival 2020).






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