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