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

National Poetry Day: Raptures and Captures
Wednesday, 02 October 2019 09:03

National Poetry Day: Raptures and Captures

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Fran Lock introduces Raptures and Captures, her latest book of poetry, which follows on from Muses and Bruises and Ruses and Fuses. ‘Keep your mind in Hell and despair not.’ It’s a stern injunction. It is also a radical one. Saint Silouan, we’re told, struggled against demons. Specifically, he struggled…
Capitalism
Sunday, 29 September 2019 20:52

National Poetry Day: Futures in Finance

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Futures in Finance by Steve Griffiths Shapes occur in this gamewith no guiding hand to form them -new behaviours and patternsthat morph and self-replicate.Something’s knitting on its own:simple action into unpredictablecomplexity, breeding an impetusmore powerful than anythingyou could intend. The ripple has its endbeyond imagined competence;where unrestrainedthe market’s every variablemultiplies…
National Poetry Day: In Union
Friday, 27 September 2019 12:49

National Poetry Day: In Union

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In Union by Sally Flint i.m. Bob CrowBorn in reach of the London Minthe watched men make money –got to know the value of working daysas families were transported from slumsand shared bathrooms to fieldsand forests which seemed the other side of the world. Coming home was the only way.His…
Unloveable labour
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Thursday, 26 September 2019 20:55

National Poetry Day: Glomar

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Glomar by Fran Lock i the city comes in waves. poor worker bee, it’s clinical now, an ideal doom, the sleepy grief of airports. tried to stay in motion. walk around, not-shopping. coffee. millimetric sips. is slow embalming, boils the tongue, both fidgety and numb. carousels and carousels and paperbacks.…
Workers
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Tuesday, 24 September 2019 07:43

National Poetry Day: Hammer Blow and Heartbeat

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Hammer Blow and Heartbeat by Fred Voss I remembered how clean the church was when I was 10 the altar where the minister poured the blood of Christ into shiny silver chalice the calm manicured fingernails of the congregation in their spotless Sunday clothes kneeling to God above now I…
The Mansard Roof
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Friday, 20 September 2019 08:21

Climate Strike: The Big House

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The Big House by Sally Flint (for PH and ZM) This is the house we want to live in,with multiple windows and shutters.A veranda to absorb sunsets,gardens that tumble to a golden beach. This is the house we want to share,with bright stucco walls;a doorbell that repeats Clare de la…
Review: One of These Dead Places, by Jane Burn
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Thursday, 19 September 2019 15:05

Review: One of These Dead Places, by Jane Burn

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Michael Jarvie reviews One of These Dead Places by Jane Burn Jane Burn has forged her characteristic poetical voice in what can only be described as the most difficult of circumstances. In fact, it is all voice, an expressive working-class woman’s voice, at times roused to anger by the injustices…
In a Failing State
Thursday, 05 September 2019 08:29

In a Failing State

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In a Failing State By Josiah Mortimer In failed statesLeaders berateThe representativesAs meddling traitors, crazed.And tin-pot despots declare: 'Only a strong handCan lead us to the promised land' In failed statesThe press packs houndServants as saboteursPrint reams of touch paperReady-made to tear and sparkAnd rogues rouse crowds –Small at first…
Revolution
Wednesday, 04 September 2019 10:05

Revolution

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Revolution by Sally Flint Top of Google it's a wine bar, a game,a make-up range. I recall science lessons ‒to rotate, twirl, circuit, cycle, orbit.It's the Earth spinning around the sun. On the screen the little circle rollsover the Thatcher era and a miners' revolt. It's an instance of sudden…
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