Writing

Selina’s poetry has two publications and her poetry is published in a range of journals, including The Rialto, Under The Radar, Butcher’s Dog, Mslexia, Magma, and anthologies. Her poetry publications have also been shortlisted by Bad Betty Press, Verve Poetry Press and The Emma Press.

COLLECTIONS

Ferocious
Smokestack Books
Scheduled for publication in 2021

Ferocious by Selina Rodrigues


The Visitors
Wild Pressed Books
Scheduled for publication in 2021
Order your copy here

The Visitors by Selina Rodrigues

POEMS

Jeera Sings
Filigree: Contemporary Black British Poetry
Peepal Tree Press Ltd.
Read below or buy here

The Quiet House
Magma Poetry
Read online

Yellow Iris
Mixed borders III Online Pamphlet
Read online (page 74)

In Protest - 150 poems for human rights

In Protest: 150 Poems for Human Rights features two poems by Selina. You can find more info here and purchase a copy from Amazon or Waterstones.


LOOSE CHANGE

(From forthcoming ‘Silver’
Scheduled for publication in 2021 by Smokestack Books.)

With a forest of hair a man
sleeps through this concertina
of noise, a body-length away.
String ties his waist, cherries fall
from a bag. There’s no garden
at Victoria.  He keeps to a separate

private hour. Pessa, flous, cash
swirl in coffee. Computers wait
thin as leaves. Ties for each
Monday to Friday and flowered
on Fridays. We pay and throw
all loose change

to the pavement. Who trusts
their life to a chattering station –
sleeps with the pigeon’s peck
of sushi, the tap of heels?
All hands are thought-filled.
His hair grows and knots and grows.


JEERA SINGS

(From ‘The Visitors’
Scheduled for publication in 2021 by Wild Pressed Books.
First published in Filigree, Peepal Tree Press)

The last bus to the sea left an hour ago.
Pricked stars. Is the dark darker when it’s cold.

Fine English rain sparks in the streetlight
people here are flat-boned and white

in lace-talk, laughing in snakeskin and pearls
and boys, tight with drink, grin and curl

their generous smoke through the streets.
Not in my face but deeper between

my cells, I’m fading with this attempt
at losing signals, at displacement.

It’s as I was told.  Yet in the lanes somewhere,
searching cousins, I smell Little India

the tinfoil palace of every small town,
of every tumultuous city, the one

that singes the air with jeera and holds
Ganesh heavy with marigolds.

In the square, a sticky take-away
holds the locals in heat, but no-one escapes

from their roots. Everyone looks back and carries
their village on their back, to the next village.


FAR MOUNTAINS

Electricity sparks at my hands
from white desks and steel seams
as Lou giggles at time, plans
an uneven route whilst I sleep
we traded slammers
in a red-hearted bar
the un-told night she stayed over
and I listened to her shower
shots of cochineal, puyaa
sending the real sights to me
to this terminal sky-scraper
that sways with engineering
Lou approaches the Andes and still yet
I remember the print of feet when wet.