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EDI for Migrants

By Mary Jean Chan

post-colony is a state of mind

it is reaching deep into the past

as you sit on a BA flight moving

across a genteel British landscape

and History not reaching back

neo-colony is a state of being

it is the illusion of pure freedom

until it is stripped back ever so

softly like a hospital curtain

the more you successfully

assimilate the more you see

the terms and conditions feel

the texture of abstract nouns

Equality Diversity Inclusion

MARY JEAN CHAN is a poet, editor and lecturer currently based in Oxford. They are the author of Flèche (Faber, 2019) and co-editor of 100 Queer Poems (Vintage, 2022).

Artwork by Izzy Fergusson


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