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

1978
Thursday, 06 June 2024 19:12

1978

Written by Stephen Paul Wren
in Poetry
1978 by Stephen Paul Wren We sing Grease songs, make daisy chains.I grasp nettles, make my hands sore.Teresa finds Mrs Dixon.The trees are young and fit and strong.Outside, the field, a chaos spreads.The milk is stolen from our schools. Rise up the property ladder.Concorde is flying overhead.The treadmill is licked.…
God is not the state of Israel
Thursday, 06 June 2024 08:50

God is not the state of Israel

Written by Alan McGuire
in Poetry
God is not the state of Israel by Alan McGuire He is not the bombs that dropon sleeping childrenprisoners being starved of hopewomen hoping for rain and waterthe olive tree witnessing 76 years of destruction if we could stop the fire,what would be his use?so many of youmuslim, jewa battle…
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Wednesday, 05 June 2024 10:59

the columnists’ hypotheticals

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the columnists’ hypotheticals by Steve Pottinger what if doormats were suddenly sentient?what if elephants nested in trees?what if your gran was a Toblerone?what if locomotives had knees? what if Tuesday was really a Welsh cake?what if the Atlantic were slices of toast?what if the King were a Dalek?what if the…
Running a Machine is the Easy Part
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Tuesday, 04 June 2024 07:10

Running a Machine is the Easy Part

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Fred Voss, the worker-poet from Long Beach, California, has sent us the poem below, with the following message: Here's a poem I wrote this morning, I hope you like it. Things getting crazy here in USA with Trump a 34-count felon cheered on by the Republican party, as if he…
Your Solidarity be Praised: Review of 'The Orgreave Stations' by William Hershaw
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Sunday, 26 May 2024 08:30

Your Solidarity be Praised: Review of 'The Orgreave Stations' by William Hershaw

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Jim Aitken reviews The Orgreave Stations by William Hershaw, illustrated by Les McConnell, some of whose images in the book accompany this review ‘The Orgreave Stations’ , published by Culture Matters, is the companion set of poems to his earlier work ‘The Sair Road’ (2018). These earlier poems remain the…
the drone
Sunday, 26 May 2024 07:33

the drone

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the drone by Martin Hayes first it came in the idea of a big balloonthe way the wind could pick it upmove it across the battlefieldbefore its cargo being suddenly dropped First World War Balloon Armed With Incendiary Bombs then when the wind got so infuriating and too unpredictable to…
Sinking in the Rain
Friday, 24 May 2024 08:20

Sinking in the Rain

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Forced to work in the rain unnecessarily? Join a union! - TUC Sinking in the rain by Stuart McFarlane I wonder, now, if Rishimight rue the day, and wish hehad just used an umbrella;like any normal fella.It is really rather richwhen your election pitchis how you will protect the country;yet,…
Working Till We Drop
Thursday, 09 May 2024 07:38

Working Till We Drop

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Working Till We Drop by Fred Voss, with image from Les McConnell I am pouring water from a faucet into a bucketto mix it with the coolant in the bucket and pour the water and coolant into my machinewhen Clarencewho works with hand-grinders in the deburring department looks over from…
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