Nat Raha

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Transfeminist, communist, revolutionary poetry that refuses to flinch. Nat Raha presents new work in the nine. Nat’s work is a creopolitan post-punk writing, in which queer and trans bodies stage their dis/appearance, refusing legibility in dominant forms of appearance, feeling, syntax, language or sound. The work deploys the ‘niner’: a contemporary poetic form, invented by the poet Mendoza, rooted in containment and expansion through sequences and re-ordering — a truncated ‘sonnot’. In the form of the nine, obsession and compulsion meets mathematics in the undergrowth of modern poetry. Furthermore, in the hour of fascism, all aspects of art and existence may need to be weaponised, to offer new and old modes of resistance in living, and to valorise what has been forgotten.

"Nat Raha has written some of the most exciting poetry of the last decade. Transfeminist, communist, revolutionary – with great quickness and nimble intensity, her syllables and survival codes dash through police-lines as high-level transmissions signalling absolute solidarity, insisting that other lives are still possible…These poems do not merely comment on that struggle, but emerge from within it. They are poems that break open a space in which to think through what has happened, who we have been, and what has been done to us. These are fearsome times. Raha writes poetry that acknowledges that fear and refuses to flinch in the face of it, which is in itself an act of the fiercest solidarity." – Sean Bonney

 

Nat Raha is a poet and trans / queer activist, living in Edinburgh, Scotland. Her poetry includes three collections of sirens, body & faultlines (Boilerhouse Press, 2018), countersonnets (Contraband Books, 2013) and Octet (Veer Books, 2010); and numerous pamphlets including mute exterior intimate (Oystercatcher Press, 2013). She's performed and published her work internationally. Nat co-edits the Radical Transfeminism zine, and is recently finished a PhD on queer Marxism and contemporary poetry at the University of Sussex.

 

Nat participated in Episode 9: Other World’s Already Exist.

 

Image Description: Nat Raha is stood on a stage talking into a microphone, her eyes and head are slightly tilted downwards as she reads from a red card held in her hands. The background behind Nat is dark expect for a white glowing screen to the left, she is lit with a blue wash.

 
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