We are thrilled that our third-year BA English student Marisa with her poem ‘Mirage of Eden‘ won this year’s Fairtrade Competition.
This year’s Fairtrade fortnight celebration supported the awareness of Climate Change. Students submitted poetry or spoken word pieces applying in some way the concept of: ‘Your vision of the world you want for farmers and workers worldwide, and the planet we share’.
The judges felt that Marisa’s piece ‘Mirage of Eden‘ was a clever read in that it told a Climate change story in a realistic fairy tale way. The title alone, captivated the judges to want to know more and felt lured in during the read:
‘MIRAGE OF EDEN’ BY MARISA
To this vision I am bound: the wasp buzz of a wave; life and colour all around; the blessings mother gave. I am – choking – on dreams of a rich, safe Eden – a world serene at its seams, uncut by cords of freedom. Inhale fumes – exhale smoke – a star – with wings interrupts my hope – and the – breath – it brings. Fair trades and honest tongues, sustainability will suffice. Cemeteries of – uprooted lungs – replaces paradise… reward! – to those who stab- at our womb – and for those who tend, not grab, the creatures, fruits, and bloom? This rot – is in – my veins – consume, consume, consume we must – burn these chains to kill – our barren doom. Touch life beyond the computer, rain and jungle dew, a cleaner, greener future, peace not just for the few. My throat – burns satisfaction slips my fingers and to the past returns, so only faith now lingers. For libraries of celestial stories Sun and Moon chase each other Over unpolluted territories. Tree nymphs will rediscover their legs to dance and play among skyscraper trees and towers. Ink-free mermaids visit the bay threading crowns of flowers, never to know a plastic hell. Fair costs and full cheeks Nature, cast your spell! Sung from mouths and beaks. Imagine bellies full of berries, imagine poverty, illness ended, imagine trees alive with fairies, imagine our earth, tended.
Marisa’s prizes includes interviews in print publications by Haringey Unchained, Russell Sage College in upstate New York and Barnet TV!
BA English at Middlesex University is hosting the ‘English Review Series’ of monthly conversations on Monsters in cultural texts. Come and have a monster time with us chatting about popular culture! It’ll be fun. We’ll be talking tv, film, comics, the news and books (all different ‘cultural texts’).
Claire Cusack is a 2020 BA English graduate from Middlesex University and winner of the Dean’s Award for Best Independent Project in English.
“Studying BA English at Middlesex was a great experience and one that allowed me to grow immensely as a writer. Over the past 3 years I have learnt new skills that have helped me to enrich my creative pieces and become a more confident writer.
My third year at Middlesex especially helped me hone in on the skills I have learnt as my final project was a 5,000 word piece of creative writing. After putting a lot of time and effort into finishing the piece and therefore completing my studies, I feel satisfied knowing that I have done my absolute best and can take what I have learnt and use it in whatever career path I end up taking.”
Read Claire’s award-winning crime-fiction that she developed for her final year Independent Project, featuring detective Jennifer.
‘On the Chase’
The meeting room fell silent when the retrieved footage appeared on the screen and showed the robber at work. Covered from head to toe in all black protective gear and a motorbike helmet, the individual opened the money vault, having punched the numbers in without hesitation. They strolled away confidently. Hips swayed. A woman? She departed with two gym bags filled with cash.