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

Covid-19: The General Speaks of His Sorrow
Sunday, 29 March 2020 13:39

Covid-19: The General Speaks of His Sorrow

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A poem in Irish and English by Gabriel Rosenstock, with image by Otto Dix called Wounded Soldier Covid 19: The General Speaks of His Sorrow by Gabriel Rosenstock Self-isolation . . .These bitter days When can I send battalionsOf raw young menTo warTo crush their bonesAnd the bones of others…
Questions From The Dead
Saturday, 28 March 2020 21:33

Questions From The Dead

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Questions from the Dead by K. Satchidanandan Which country’s border was Hiuen Tsang crossing when, on a donkey, he crossed the Himalayan pass with a sack full of Buddhist texts? Whence came the races that spokeDravidian and Aryan tongues? Was there no one in Indiawhen they landed here? Not even…
Everyone's Hearts Were Clapping
Saturday, 28 March 2020 10:54

Everyone's Hearts Were Clapping

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onavirusEveryone’s Hearts Were Clapping by Owen Gallagher Everyone stood outside their front door.As the clock struck eight they began to clap slowly as if someone was coming on stage but as more in the street joined in, they clapped louder and louder as if they were freeingsomething within, perhaps a…
A Fearless Gaze of Hope: Quines, by Gerda Stevenson
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Thursday, 26 March 2020 13:46

A Fearless Gaze of Hope: Quines, by Gerda Stevenson

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Jim Aitken reviews a book of radical women’s voices: Quines, by Gerda Stevenson. Accompanying illustrations of textiles are by artists from EDGE: Textile Artists Scotland. The second edition of Gerda Stevenson’s ‘Quines’ came out with some fanfare as it was launched to coincide with International Women’s Day. The launch at…
In The White Man’s Clinic
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Wednesday, 25 March 2020 08:31

In The White Man’s Clinic

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On the day the Irish government announced they are (for the duration of the crisis) incorporating all private hospitals into the public health system, Kevin Higgins offers this poem in memoriam of Ireland's two tier health system which will hopefully never come back. It was inspired by a private hospital,…
Coronavirus: Retrospect 2040
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Tuesday, 24 March 2020 10:23

Coronavirus: Retrospect 2040

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Coronavirus: retrospect 2040 by Christopher Norris It’s twenty years ago and moreCoronavirus hit.It hit the sick, it hit the poor,And shares went quickly through the floor,But we said ‘wait a bit, why notStay calm and wait a bit?’. For we saw how it just might go,This re-run of old scenesThat…
Resurging
Monday, 16 March 2020 15:16

Resurging

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David Betteridge presents a major new long poem, a meditation on last December's setback to the socialist Left. Illustrations are by his longtime friend and collaborator, Bob Starrett, official artist at the Upper Clyde Shipyard Work-In in 1972. RESURGING In memory of Albert Marsden, Scunthorpe steelworker, trade union official, community…
Politics and Poetry
Thursday, 05 March 2020 10:57

Politics and Poetry

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Politics and Poetry: two views by Chris Norris They ask me: why the antique style?Why have them rhyme and scan?Why fiddle while Rome burns, or whileOur lives go down the pan? It’s rough-house stuff, the stuff we need,Red-hot with scorn and rage,Not stuff for owlish types to readOff some age-yellowed…
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