Poets in the classroom

Here is our directory of inspiring poets and their incredible poems that feature in Words That Burn in the classroom.

John Agard Half-caste (Burn 9: respect)

Anthony Anaxagorou Serve and Protect (Burn 7: speak up)

Anthony Anaxagorou The Blood (Burn 5: witness)

Raymond Antrobus Dear Hearing World (Burn 7: speak up)

Dean Atta I Come From (Burn 2: being me)

Dean Atta How To Be A Poet (Burn 2: being me)

Michael R Burch First They Came For The Muslims (Burn 3: freedom)

Patrick Cash What Scares You (Burn 10: words that burn)

Joseph Coelho Gingerbread Man (Burn 1: being heard)

Sarah Crossan Cutbacks (Burn 1: being heard)

Sarah Crossan Dwellings (Burn 6: dignity)

Sarah Crossan Everyone Who Cares (Burn 10: words that burn)

Yrsa Daley-Ward And that's the thing about ignorance (Burn 10: words that burn)

Imtiaz Dharker The Right Word (Burn 9: respect)

Jim Ferris Poems with Disabilities (Burn 6: dignity)

Langston Hughes I Dream a World (Burn 4: Change)

Jay Hulme I Am A Man (Burn 6: dignity)

Inja Freedom (Burn 8: power)

Inja Your Moment (Burn 10: words that burn)

Keith Jarrett A Gay Poem (Burn 6: dignity)

Jackie Kay Glasgow Snow (Burn 6: dignity)

Vanessa Kisuule Take Up Space (Burn 6: dignity)

Yala Korwin The Little Boy With His Hands Up (Burn 3: freedom)

Amy León Black/White (Burn 8: power)

Amy León Darling (Burn 8: power)

Amy León Right To Be (Burn 10: words that burn)

Emtithal Mahmoud Head Over Heels (Burn 5: witness)

Emtithal Mahmoud You Have a Big Imagination or 400,000 Ways to Cry (Burn 5: witness)

Suhaiymah Manzoor-Khan This is not a humanizing poem (Burn 6: dignity)

Hollie McNish Foreign (Burn 6: dignity)

Adrian Mitchell Back in the Playground Blues (Burn 6: dignity)

Grace Nichols Sally Size Zero (Burn 1: being heard)

Martin Niemöller First They Came (Burn 1: being heard and Burn 3: freedom)

Pat Parker My Lover Is a Woman (Burn 1: being heard)

Victoria Redel Bedecked (Burn 6: dignity)

Deanna Rodger Being British (Burn 6: dignity)

Deanna Rodger I Am The One Who Would Save (Burn 10: words that burn)

Rachel Rooney Russian Doll (Burn 1: being heard)

Bethany Rose One Hundred Years Ago (Burn 10: words that burn)

Michael Rosen Leaving Home (Burn 4: Change)

Dylan Thomas Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night (Burn 8: power)

Walt Whitman Song of Myself (Burn 1: being heard and Burn 2: being me)

Elsa Wiezell Encounter with Freedom (Burn 1: being heard)

Oscar Wilde Apologia (Burn 1: being heard)

Luke Wright Coming soon - on the theme of power.

Copyrights and credits

Copyrights and credits for poems and film clips used are added at the end of each session. This resource has been produced by Amnesty International UK in cooperation with the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education. We would like to thank Cheltenham Festivals and Barnwood Park Arts College, Cleeve School, Gloucestershire Hospital Education Service and Severn Vale School for piloting this resource, and The Poetry Hour for their support.

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