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Originally published in the second edition of the VUzine. This was on the last page and I really think it helped tie the edition up.


You can curse and call it typical

You can welcome the inevitable

But we missed the boat

Our ship had sailed

When Tempest stormed the critical.


It’s been ten years in port

But far from docked, she’s more than caught


She’s held court, spoke forth

Waving, drowning, craving, storming, sailing.


As long as they’ve listened, they’ve heard her

As long as they came, she’d be there

Jumping genre fences at festivals

Being drunk on rhyme and rum, in bars and cafes

Ranting late night in kebab takeaways

The beat, her heart, her own, inaudible, invisible.

Go back

Way back, before that

Kate Tempest spat

before she spoke

Drummed out her words

In school cloakrooms

The rhythm of being in the womb

Hip hop, the wet nurse

Cries full of hunger and meaning

Giving voice to the wounded, alone, stranded, abandoned.


Writing plays for tomorrow and today

Softening the life of the hard living


Whether whittling words or treading boards

Stirring souls, portraying passion, long rounds of applause

Crowds fired up, become molten and been forged into awards.


So let the broadsheets bang on about background and beginning

Before being shredded and forgotten.

Let Jon Humphries get back round to pillaring politicians

Rather than hastily constructing pedestals of jauntiness (and Jim Naughtiness)

Let the bookies stop taking bets on fake measures of success.

Because after the fawning journos, the fakers,

After the flamers and slayers have taken their potshots

After the Gogglebox gogglers and the blank switch off.


Leave the musicians and the makers,

Leave those who hear more with repeated listens

Standing in the wings being lifted up with words

Or pushing to the front

Pinned against the band,

The following, the follower,

the fanzine and the fans.

Tempest’s reply (sort of)

Kate Tempest played Village Underground on 11th November check out these amazing pictures of her performance taken by Abi Dainton

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