What a fantastic idea to bring a poet to a language teaching conference! A Pakistan-born poet raised in Glasgow. With a lot of Indian motives in her poetry and such a characteristic... Glaswegian accent in her speech!
Poetry makes such wonderful material for language-teaching. Alliterations and rhythms are the same as in ordinary speech, if a little exxagerated. Sometimes you find rhymes in them - not very often these days. But then, sometimes by accident, we get them in our ordinary speech as well. Imtiaz Dharker's poetry undoubtedly will inspire many teachers of English, and out of the collection that she brought to the conference many will probably choose at least one that they will take to their students. Listening to the author reciting their poetry is always a special treat. I personally couldn't help smiling happily listening to the very first one - Over the Moon!