Vahni Capildeo is one of the guest poets at the next reading organised by Peter Barlow’s Cigarette. She’ll be reading here in Manchester, UK, on Saturday 25 November. Her collection Measures of Expatriation was a Poetry Book Society Choice last year. Leafing through the book, I found it rather daunting at first: all these huge chunks of text and long prose poems. Once I got reading I was totally taken with it, and have written several poems inspired by it. To me it is experimental but still approachable. And I like the way she uses other languages and plays around with the shape of the poem on the page. Such a treat to hear her read just down the road….