Here's your chance to read two new poems by friends of The Disability Resource Centre. See our recommended links to interesting poetry-related websites too.

We are hoping to expand this page with submissions of poetry from many more new and established poets writing in this field. Please email us for more information.

Our first poem was written by Anne, who works for The Disability Resource Centre. 

Don’t Judge Me

Don’t judge my clothes in their unmaintained state as poverty or un-kept,
For I refuse to be part of this rat-race, is that so hard to accept,
Don’t judge my lack of physical agility, as being inactive willingly,
For I am a prisoner in this body of pain and disability,
Don’t judge my lack of speech, as not intelligent or mute,
For my knowledge and thoughts are active in sign language as a substitute,

Don’t judge me for my solitude in salvation from society,
For I have been misunderstood with no regard for me,
Don’t judge my lack of confidence as weak or not mentally strong,
For I have lived a life of rejection, never knowing where I belong,
Don’t judge in ignorance, to make assumptions of me unjust,
For I am made of flesh and blood, in need of love and trust

By Anne Dashwood

And our second poem was very gratefully submitted to us by one of our service users. Thanks very much.

A poem sent to us by one of our service users

Some links to poetry about or by disabled people from around the web.

Disability Arts Online

This well organised website is full of useful links to articles and events for disabled arts in the UK. There are plenty of articles for poetry and this latest blog post features writing from Louisa Adjoa Parker.

An anthology from UK disabled poets

A recent and highly regarded anthology of disabled poetry and commentary with links to online videos and audio recordings. Stairs and Whispers: D/deaf and Disabled Poets Write Back, is edited by Sandra Alland, Khairani Barokka and Daniel Sluman. The publishers say it is “...Packed with fierce poetry, essays, photos and links to accessible online videos and audio recordings, it showcases a diversity of opinions and survival strategies for an ableist world. With contributions that span Vispo to Surrealism, and range from hard-hitting political commentary to intimate lyrical pieces, these poets refuse to perform or inspire according to tired old narratives”.

Wilfred Owen’s Disabled

The short poem called Disabled, by Wilfred Owen, is still as resonant today as it was the day it was written.

Using poetry and writing to overcome disability

In the interview with American poet and writer Christopher Reardon by Disability Horizons we learn about his dreams of playing sport from a young age. But a brain tumor in childhood, which left him partially paralysed, meant he had to refocus his goals.

Please email us with your suggested links to poetry and articles for, by and about disabled people. Thanks. :-)