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

on that day
Wednesday, 29 November 2017 23:32

on that day

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on that day by Steve Pottinger on that day when we can barely hear ourselves think for the pealing of church bells the cheering of crowds when the pubs are full  and the street parties last  till every bottle’s empty and the sun is crawling over the rooftops for the…
Migrants: a dialogue
Wednesday, 29 November 2017 14:37

Migrants: a dialogue

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Migrants: a dialogue by Chris Norris Some certainly recognized the suffering of the migrants concerned, but comments beneath a Daily Mail article included the following: ‘Isn’t it about time these people stayed to sort out the mess in their own countries instead of running away?’; and ‘Hard as it may…
Endless shit stain (perpetual motion)
Wednesday, 22 November 2017 18:16

At service or brexit

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At Service or Brexit by Alan Dunnett In the timings is some dislocation.All the cogs seem oiled. You pull and againat the lever. Each day, it is harder, sweating underground while the batteriesget low. Each day, the end-count is smaller.There is a dull continuing. Hands reach through the cage for…
universal credit
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Friday, 17 November 2017 11:32

universal credit

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universal credit by Fran Lock statues wake, and yawning, scrapethe birdshit from their tongues. londondrags a dirty nail across her fibroid lungs. the hoodies and the halfwits are disportingon the green. their smiles are shallow gasheslike the slots of fruit machines. the silent politicians brush their dandrufffrom their suits. rehearsing…
Us Too
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Friday, 17 November 2017 10:32

Us Too

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Us too by Fran Lock 1: And at the knackered traffic lights, the lads, led about by their soft-boiled bellies like pregnant seahorses; regimental maniacs in berets, khaki slacks and symptomatic tattoos, checking their reflections in their steel toe-caps. It’s Friday night, and I am walking the tusky ramparts of…
A Double Act
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Friday, 17 November 2017 10:10

A Double Act

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A Double Act by S. O. Fasrus 'But what I learned later in life, too late, is that when you have power over another person, asking them to look at your dick isn’t a question. It’s a predicament for them - Louis C K It's fifteen years laterwe're rueing the…
To the Wife of an All-Too-Interventionist Foreign Secretary
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Friday, 17 November 2017 09:45

To the Wife of an All-Too-Interventionist Foreign Secretary

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To the Wife of an All-Too-Interventionist Foreign Secretary by Chris Norris Note: This piece is an updated reprise of Edgell Rickword’s mid-1930s poem ‘To the Wife of Any Non-Interventionist Statesman’. Rickword was addressing those mainly Conservative politicians who opposed sending military aid to the Republican Government in Spain on grounds…
Flight and Fall
Monday, 27 November 2017 13:33

Flight and Fall

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David Betteridge has written a commemorative work of prose and poetry especially for this Russian Revolution section of Culture Matters. An extract from the poetry is given in ebook format here, along with some illustrations by Bob Starrett. Flight and Fall looks back at the events of 1917 from the standpoint of Glasgow in 2017.  
Valhalla on my round
Saturday, 28 October 2017 17:06

Valhalla on my round

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Valhalla on my Round by Jon Tait I’ve seen themstruggling to get a round up in the fitting,the old boys with white hair,odd bits of uniform; a blue wool V-neckissued in the 90s,a tie, worn and threadbare as their dreams,as they sink under trays of mail,shrinking as another grey bag…
Muses and Bruises
Wednesday, 11 October 2017 15:27

Muses and Bruises

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Culture Matters has published a brilliant new collection of poetry called Muses and Bruises by Fran Lock, an activist, writer and illustrator, and one of the finest political poets writing in Britain today. Her feminist and socialist poetry weaves psychological insight and social awareness into themes of poverty, mental health…
Letter to W. H. Auden
Tuesday, 03 October 2017 20:14

Letter to W. H. Auden

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by Christopher Norris Note This verse-letter is written in Rhyme Royal, the seven-line stanza-form (rhyming ababbcc) that goes back to some of the earliest English poetry and was taken up by W.H. Auden in his ‘Letter to Lord Byron’. The piece first appeared in Letters from Iceland (1937), a jointly-authored…
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