the elephant


To celebrate the launch of Adelaide Ivánova's the hammer and other poems we have commissioned Theresa Lola, Jade Cuttle and Destiny Adeyemi to write a poem responding to Adelaide's work. We asked each of the poets to use Rachel Long and Francisco Vilhena's translation of 'the elephant' as a catalyst for a new work of their own. These poems were first performed at Free Word at our 'guerrilla bitchcraft' event.

Destiny, Jade and Theresa are members of Octavia, a poetry collective for womxn of colour founded by Rachel Long in response to the lack of inclusivity and representation in literature and academia.

You can read their response poems here.