Two poems in the collection stand out for their distinctive use of dialect and reference to their particular cultures; Checking Out Me History and Singh Song! They have other similarities too, including unusual use of structure, with indentation and use of italics. Here are some basic notes on each poem:

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Can you explore them further by developing personal opinions and drawing wider links to other poems? You can also attempt these questions to help you revise:

  • What are the major similarities and differences between the two poems?
  • Which is a more positive poem and why?
  • How does each poem draw upon experiences of being from a different culture?
  • Which do you prefer and why?