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Unclench

By Jamila Main

Note to reader: this poem uses an intentionally spaced layout in its original form, not shown here for accessibility reasons. To see the layout as the author intended, please view the PDF of the Writing Place magazine.

 

Every

time

I

speak up

my

jaw

unclenches

a little

 

About Jamila Main

Jamila Main is a trained actor and self-taught playwright living and working on unceded Peramangk and Kaurna land in South Australia. Jamila performs across stage and screen, most recently as Leen in the acclaimed Aleppo. A Portrait of Absence (Adelaide Festival, 2020). In 2020 Jamila was commissioned to write an article on online theatre and accessibility for ArtsHub, and Jamila’s monologue Anika was featured in STCSA and ActNow’s digital theatre project Decameron 2.0.

Jamila is currently developing a durational performance piece, How Long Can This Last? pursuing the pain-free space of live performance, with Emma Valente as director/dramaturg in the 2020 Adhocracy program.

Jamila’s new play How to Eat Rabbit was developed during the 2020 Covid-19 pandemic and a reading of the play was livestreamed and is available on YouTube.

 

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