"Chimene Suleyman presents startlingly perceptive snapshots of human experience, delving powerfully into themes that range from big-city loneliness and longing, to prejudice and love."
London born poet Chimene Suleyman has lived under the watchful eye of Canary Wharf for most of her life.
Her debut poetry collection Outside Looking On, explores the positive and negative side of loneliness and boredom, using the Docklands as allegory and symbol. As lonely as the characters who exist around them, they offer constant support; a navigational tool, stars in the sky, always there, lights on. A constant presence of reminder and reassurance.
This collection asks if it is possible to claim a building for yourself that doesn’t know you exist?
"Vivid and funny, sometimes horrific but always human. Chimene Suleyman is an extraordinary talent." – Evie Wyld
“Chimene Suleyman writes beautiful, luminescent poems that get to the heart of our complicated relationship with the urban landscape; what we see, what is imagined, what we remember.” – Niven Govinden
"Outside Looking On is authentic, sad, honest, brutally funny, utterly heartwrenching and brilliantly real in each of these poems that deal with loss, life and finding the light in the epicentre of dark times. Chimene is a wonderfully accomplished poet and this collection shows off a new writer who will go on to great things." – Nikesh Shukla