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Becky Who

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I am a slam poet who writes in English but lives in France, so I can genuinely claim to be often misunderstood. My dreams are to 1) be in print one day 2) slam in an English-speaking country. The whole wrong language/country thing makes it hard for me to enter competitions and such-like, but I did get through to the second round of the Grenoble heats of the 2018 "Nuits du Slam" which was pretty cool as the only "foreigner" there. As most of my poems are written to be performed, they don't always look quite so effective on the page. Please consider checking out my youtube channel: I'm really happy to have found the WOL community - I find it a really friendly and encouraging place to share and discuss texts. Thanks guys!


There's a poem There’s a poem in your eyes I caught a glimpse as our paths crossed You looked elsewhere, a little lost Frowning about the everyday Missing house keys, bills to pay But deep down I saw a sadness that ached To be given words before it’s too late. There’s a poem in your mouth Yes, the booze is talking for you Tongue loosened by a drink or two But somewhere in your wine-soaked words A heart-felt message can be heard And treasured, to give to life some meaning Far beyond a pleasant drunken evening. There’s a poem on your lips There may be so much left to say But there the words will have to stay As now we are alone at last The time for speech has surely passed And if your lips quiver with things unsaid Let us put them to other tasks instead There’s a poem in my mind The moment I first saw your face The words began to fall in place But art, like love, can lose its way As time slips by, I know some day This poem will be all that’s left for me To hold and keep you safe in memory.

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Ian Whiteley

Sun 16th Sep 2018 12:40

thanks for commenting on 'Above The Light Of The Morning Star' Becky - I'm pleased that you liked it :-)

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John Marks

Sun 16th Sep 2018 01:01

Thanks for noticing Becky.

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Big Sal

Mon 3rd Sep 2018 14:20

Thanks for taking notice on the collaboration Becky.

To answer your questions, the collaboration was easy, went well, and I hope to do it again sometime. I actually wrote a follow-up verse for another poem called "Megalomania MV", and was just waiting for Ferris to have time so he could finish his verse.

We both wrote our verses separately, and then sent each other the verses so we could see it all together as one. From there I simply posted it after editing for grammar and mistakes.

If you would like to write a verse for it or another one so we could put it up, feel free to. Anything you come up with would be sufficient. If not, no worries!

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Matthew Nicholson

Thu 23rd Aug 2018 21:47

Hi Becky,

Thank you for the comments on 'Child's Play?' - I am delighted that you enjoyed it.

I have performed it at a couple of nights and hope to do so at many more in the future. It was always intended as a spoken word/performance piece. It is one of a series of poems I am working on surrounding the challenges faced by a working class family which aims to highlight challenges experienced as normal aspects in their life such as abuse, addiction, violence, unemployment. The 'Denial of an Ageing Disgrace', 'Super mum: Another Working Class Hero', 'Having a Boss Time Behind Bars' - still working on several poems to add to their story.

Tony Hill

Sun 19th Aug 2018 07:47

Becky, glad you liked St Circuitous. If you feel a sense of displacement from reality at times, rest assured there are many others facing a similar struggle. Besides, we each construct our own reality. Tony

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Jane Briganti

Sat 18th Aug 2018 19:54

Hi Becky, I absolutely loved the comment you made on "Who Am I". Thank you. Jane😊

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Taylor Crowshaw

Tue 14th Aug 2018 07:45

Thanks Becky. It is a complex relationship mother and daughter. I have 7 daughters it is hard to get it right. I miss my mum every day even tho at times we could clash strong personalities..xx

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Kate G

Sun 12th Aug 2018 02:17

Thanks for your comment on Jazz Becky. Look forward to dicovering more of your work.

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Martin Elder

Mon 6th Aug 2018 17:43

Hi Becky
Thanks for reading my sample poems and commenting on them. reading yours I concur with Frances you have a real talent and from the way you write a real passion that you need to keep feeding. I love the way your sample poem flows with that leading line There's a poem.....
I look forward to reading more

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Taylor Crowshaw

Sun 5th Aug 2018 09:19

Thanks for feedback Becky always good to receive.


Sun 5th Aug 2018 03:26

is Becky Who

we wish we
only knew

the name's familiar

Horton Hears A

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Tommy Carroll

Sun 22nd Jul 2018 18:15

Ta la Tommy ,- )

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Becky Who

Sat 21st Jul 2018 23:21

Thank you so much Frances Macaulay Forde for your kind words – they really mean so much to me, especially as I am very new to putting myself “out there” poetically online. You may be amused to know this sample poem (which does need a title, now you mention it) actually exists in 2 versions – the original is much freer in its rhythm and rhyming scheme, but somehow I couldn’t leave the text alone until I’d got the pattern to match in every verse.

Regarding describing myself as a slam poet – I hadn’t considered the label as a restriction as such, but I have to say I chose this particular poem to post as a sample because it is one I consider to be closer to “page poetry” than “slam poetry”. The relationship between these art forms fascinates me. I guess a lot of poetry (although not all) can be successfully presented in oral form, and can benefit from being recited well, but for me slam poetry really needs to be performed to be fully what it is. Page poetry can make paper sing, but a lot of slam poetry loses something when restricted to written form. I have always tinkered with words, but my discovery of the slam scene allowed me to at last find my writing voice, and to also get my adrenalin fix from the performance “buzz”. Now I am keen to explore other poetic forms too. Unfortunately living in a non-anglophone country limits my opportunities for exchange and for getting some measure of the success of my writing (and performances). So I was overjoyed to find this website!

Thank you again, I look forward to exchanging further!

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Frances Macaulay Forde

Sat 21st Jul 2018 02:33

Nice to 'meet' you Becky Who.
I absolutely loved every considered and carefully placed word of your sample poem which I presume is entitled 'There's a poem...'
I will certainly make sure I read everything you post, so looking forward to many more from you.

IMHO the words of this poem demonstrate a heightened poetic ability but you restrict the perception of your talent - you are so much more than a 'slam' poet!


Tue 17th Jul 2018 11:16

thanks for reading my poem and commenting.
now i can go on.
Becky Who?
are you really a Who?
who knows.

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Becky Who

Mon 16th Jul 2018 15:05

Thank you Nicola Hulme, I really appreciate it. I'm rather new to all this...

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Nicola Hulme

Thu 12th Jul 2018 12:20

I love this Becky, well done.

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