Poetry

Poetry

It goes on one at a time,
it starts when you care to act,
it starts when you do it again after they said no,
it starts when you say we and know who you mean,
and each day you mean one more.

Marge Piercy

To My Wife, from an Israeli Gaol
Monday, 21 May 2018 09:12

To My Wife, from an Israeli Gaol

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To My Wife, from an Israeli Gaol by Chris Norris 'She kept saying: “You have to go. You have to go”', recalled one aunt, Ahlam, 30. ‘She was the most dedicated of all of us.’ Wesal, 14, was shot dead on Monday, one of more than 60 people killed as…
Let Me Tell You About Them
Saturday, 19 May 2018 16:59

Let Me Tell You About Them

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Let Me Tell You About Them by Kevin Higgins The teenagers we shot yesterdaywere shot responsibly through the eyewith plain-speaking dum-dum bullets, manufactured in Fife, or taken down with SR 25 sniper rifles flownheroically in from Orange County.Many of these so-called protestorsspecifically arranged to be shot in the back, just…
Poets, jump the class divide! Dark Times Revisited
Tuesday, 15 May 2018 10:30

Poets, jump the class divide! Dark Times Revisited

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Image: Côr Cochion Caerdydd (Cardiff Reds Choir), have raised their voices in song, campaigning for peace, freedom and justice. Dark Times Revisited by Chris Norris Oh why do we not say the important things, it would be so easy, and we are damned because we do not. - Bertolt Brecht, ‘Song About…
Dirty word
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Monday, 14 May 2018 13:42

Dirty word

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On  Friday 25th May, Irish citizens will vote in a referendum on abortion rights. Dirty Word by Susan Millar DuMars The first three fourths are fine.The listening ear of cthe deep bowl of ucurved bridge n; but thenthe tiny crucifix at tail end tips usaway from rounded lipsto a sound…
Windrush: a reckoning
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Wednesday, 09 May 2018 21:22

Windrush: a reckoning

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Windrush: a reckoning  by Chris Norris  On 18 October 2017, Wilson was detained at the Wolverhampton Home Office reporting centre where she had been reporting on a fortnightly basis since August 2015. She was put in a vehicle that reminded her of a ‘meat van’, because it had no windows,…
The beauty and usefulness of poetry: Teeside International Poetry Festival
Tuesday, 01 May 2018 22:16

The beauty and usefulness of poetry: Teeside International Poetry Festival

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Mike Quille praises the 'subversive internationalism' of the 2018 Teeside International Poetry Festival, and presents some of the poems performed there. 250 years ago, Middlesbrough-born James Cook set sail on one of history’s iconic imperialist journeys. It was a voyage which extended scientific, geographical and cultural knowledge of other peoples.…
Eye of the Needle
Saturday, 21 April 2018 19:15

Eye of the Needle

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Eye of the Needle by Ira Lightman Camels shouldn't vote for death.They needn't die at Christmas.On the 25th, Christ's birthis the defeat of Adam's cursewhich was death. The rich make human life ridiculous and cold on our visit to Bath.We particularly notice,much more than in the North East, in Bath…
These Hands
Thursday, 19 April 2018 07:25

These Hands

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Jon Tait has sent in this prosepoem in response to The Things Our Hands Once Stood For, by Martin Hayes. These Hands by Jon Tait The lines of hands get blackened by oil and dirt and produce a map of work, of chipped nails and grime and honest graft, of…
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