Ankita Saxena

poet, performer, workshop facilitator

Has anyone told Dave yet?

Found poem constructed entirely of mashed up Guardian comments on this article. Punctuation marks are my own.

Rumor has it that it was written by his wife.

Couldn’t happen to a nicer bloke.


To think the queen was sucking up –

just another wanna be dictator.


Dictators are such sensitive souls. Stalin

for example collected jokes about himself.


In the end he had three gulags full of them.

As for the others, well they’re also just animals


aren’t they? Fat toads. Snouts in the trough.

Clannish and tribalist, they live for their mothers.


Assad, Putin, Xi, Erdogan. It looks as if Snowball

might be undermining Napoleon.


Soft spoken Jeremy. Short-arsed asshole

isn’t fit to lead an Easter Egg hunt.


6 million arrests in the span of a week. Where

would you stack all the bodies. They make good


dog fodder. Oh wait, you could just build a few more

islands in the South China Sea out of corpses.


Try Mr. Whymper for size, he’s a solicitor.

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About Ankita

Ankita Saxena is the author of Mother | Line, which released in April 2023, with Verve Poetry Press. She read English Literature at Jesus College, Oxford (2014-2017), where she was Head of Events at Oxford University Poetry Society, and President of the Turl Street Arts Festival. She has been commended in the Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award three times. She is a Barbican Young Poet alumnus, part of the Octavia Poetry Collective, and one half of the ORIGINS Poetry Duo. Her poetry is published in Wasafiri, Modern Poetry in Translation and Bath Magg. She has performed widely across the UK, including live at Hammersmith Appollo, with The Guilty Feminist.

By day, she works at Social Finance, a not-for-profit social enterprise, helping to tackle complex and enduring issues in society and create lasting and widespread change.

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