Benjamin Cusden's poetry has appeared in various UK publications including Acumen, Under The Radar; Prole, The Dawntreader as well as publications
in the USA and Brazil.
He has been shortlisted for: The Bridport Prize and Live Canon's International Poetry Prize. In 2020 he was chosen for The London Libarary's prestigious Emerging Writers Programme.
Benjamin was a television programme editor until physical and mental issues led him to two and a half years of homelessness. His first poetry pamphlet Cut The Black Rabbit, published by Against The Grain Press, 2020, vividly explores these years and his eventual return to 'normal life'. It has been included in The Poetry Book Society's Winter Selection 2020.
cut the the black rabbit
'Benjamin Cusden writes from the "hard and cold" reality of living on the streets, where "sympathy is a starving bird". There's advice for those newly homeless, existing in a 'murder of doorways", of the need to move on, the need to "rearrange bits of yesterday to be ready for tomorrow". Cut The Black Rabbit is a tough but tender read, with Cusden being one who knows how to "camouflage your being with evening air" and how to scrape by "with laughter and lager".'
'Vividly expressing the reality of living homeless exposed to the elements and the disregard and violence of strangers, these poems range from the darkly playful to difficult to read, and are just as difficult to ignore.'