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Chant Baxter West

Chant Baxter West is studying spoken word poetry in Tamaki Makaurau, and looking at how it performs dissensus. Issues of justice such as colonialism and cultural identity are articulated in this new way of speaking that are accessible both in who gets to speak and what they can say, as well as who can experience what’s being said. It is then an anti-elite, intensely democratic and inclusive creative for(u)m. This makes it an important tool in political organizing—in her own activism and in general—especially considering a middle class pakeha background.

Contributed Works

Under the clocktower