Ankita Saxena

poet, performer, workshop facilitator

I don’t know very English

Found Poem based on extracts from Fidel Castro’s letter to President Roosevelt.

but I know very much Spanish

and I suppose you don’t know very Spanish


but you know very English

because you are American, ten dollars bill green American

but I am not American


I am twelve years old. I am a boy.  I like to hear the radio

and I am very happy.


(Thank you very much)

Your friend, Fidel Castro.

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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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