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

MOUTH - IN STEEL
Sunday, 16 February 2020 08:25

The Winning Cock

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 The Winning Cock by S. O. Fasrus The winning cock continued crowingEmboldened by his win, and knowingNo fowl could make a bigger dinwhen pecking orders favoured him.
Anthologies of poetry as revolutionary documents: The Children of the Nation
Thursday, 13 February 2020 19:58

Anthologies of poetry as revolutionary documents: The Children of the Nation

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rKevin Higgins lays into the Irish literary establishment, and praises The Children of the Nation: An Anthology of Working People’s Poetry from Contemporary Ireland, edited by Jenny Farrell There has been much tweeting lately about inclusivity in Irish poetry publishing and reviewing, particularly in relation to women poets. I’m all…
Callout: Anthology of Radical Scottish Poetry
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Wednesday, 12 February 2020 14:03

Callout: Anthology of Radical Scottish Poetry

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CONTRIBUTIONS WANTED! Writers can be imprisoned for expressing truth to power in some other countries. This should in no way blind us to the need to do just that in our own. Jim Aitken is editing an anthology of radical Scottish poetry to be published by Culture Matters this summer.…
Universal Credit
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Tuesday, 04 February 2020 11:22

Universal Credit

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Universal Credit by Craig Campbell The women and men of the government ark,File us onto a grey sofa.Like a dead whale.A name badge says Brenda:Speaks my number. I am binary. I am poverty. I am shame. Her false nails tap on the Perspex desk, Drums the rain dance. It'll be…
Irish TV Election Debate
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Sunday, 02 February 2020 20:12

Irish TV Election Debate

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Irish TV Election Debate by Pete Mullineaux I’m rooting for the left – but how to unite the red and green? I think on back to those once separated Luas lines: two sets of track, having avoided one another, awaiting final linkage – how we felt under attack, railed against…
A Mother Stamps Her Feet
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Saturday, 01 February 2020 09:41

A Mother Stamps Her Feet

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A Mother Stamps Her Feet By Rafael Pizarro A mother in San Jose sees a child ina cage and stamps her feet. This is how it starts. In a cabin, at the foot of humble mountains a man and his wife, marriedseventeen years now and still young,watch a neighbor dragged…
Process Worker, Pirelli
Thursday, 30 January 2020 18:55

Turning Slavery into Art

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Turning Slavery Into Art by Fred Voss “This is slavery,”Armando on the old manual milling machine saysand smileshis ironic smileas all the shop machinists fire up their machines and drop denim or leather apronsaround their necks as the time clock ticks“Every day, the same, every dayhere on the dot every…
Peephole
Friday, 24 January 2020 10:57

Peephole

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Peephole by Owen Gallagher, with image by Jon Addison When a Conservative candidate callsRuth wears a blue rosette. When a Labour candidate knocksshe reaches for red. If there’s a rapid rap she freezesat the thought of her grandparents rising as smoke from a chimney.
Prime Ministerial Couplets
Thursday, 23 January 2020 19:40

Prime Ministerial Couplets

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Prime Ministerial Couplets by Edward Mackinnon Not favouring CurryJohn had his way with her, but wouldn’t promote herShe was salmonella poison to the loyal Tory voter Suppliers of corpses His Edinburgh schooling must have taught Blairhe needed a Bush just as Burke needed Hare Economic BraveheartNo return to boom and…
Knight of the Gutter
Monday, 20 January 2020 19:34

Knight of the Gutter

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Knight of the Gutter (aka Iain Duncan Smith's Got a Knighthood) by Alan Morrison The media smeared Jeremy Corbyn for good,Ensured a catastrophic election result,A thumping majority for Boris's cult,And Iain Duncan Smith's got a knighthood. The real change we needed exchanged for gnarled woodOf Parliament's ingrained gig-hegemony,Members be branded…
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