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

The Masks of Anarchy
Monday, 11 January 2021 09:08

The Masks of Anarchy

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The Masks of Anarchy by Barry Smith The song of the Thames-side boatmenAs they sail the ship of stateRings out across the choppy watersWhile the winds of pestilence blowRow, boys, row! The helmsman stands at the rudderSurveying his motley crewTousled blond hair all askewGive it all you’ve got, boysRow, boys,…
These books have held me: outstanding poetry from 2020
Sunday, 10 January 2021 20:48

These books have held me: outstanding poetry from 2020

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Fran Lock writes about some outstanding poetry books published in 2020 It became apparent to me around the second week of December that I couldn't write this round-up in the usual way. By which I mean I could not – for a variety of reasons – simply recapitulate the tedious…
Why we talk about nothing but the weather
Saturday, 09 January 2021 16:35

Why we talk about nothing but the weather

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Why we talk about nothing but the weather by Fred Voss The welder is walking around the shop wearing a T-shirt coveredin decal-like images of red white and blue assault rifleson other days he wears a T-shirtwith National Rifle Associationplastered across itis he one of Trump’s Proud Boysdoes he have…
Baked Alaska
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Saturday, 09 January 2021 09:08

Baked Alaska

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Baked Alaska by Alan Morrison Emperor Trump's mob took him at his word,Stormed the Capitol, seat of American democracy,Vandals sacking Rome, Spartans spilling into Athens,Barbarians at the gates in red baseball caps brandedWith the legend: MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!Barbarians from within, chanting empty mantrasAnd chauvinistic rhetoric - "Stop the Steal!"Amongst…
A Finnish Story
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Wednesday, 06 January 2021 16:17

A Finnish Story

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A Finnish Story* by Edward Mackinnon Landless, she worked on the land of a great landlord and his lady where the grass was lush and fat cows blinked at the northern lightBut she had to walk thirty miles with a fish and a pound of butter and having an honest…
Spirograph: an interview with Pauline Sewards
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Monday, 04 January 2021 09:50

Spirograph: an interview with Pauline Sewards

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Fran Lock interviews Pauline Sewards about Spirograph, her latest collection of poems FL: Hi Pauline, thanks so much for agreeing to talk to me about your latest collection of poems, Spirograph. The title poem uses the conceit of the Spirograph Set to explore those moments of 'not quite repetition' in…
The Case of George Nkencho
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Saturday, 02 January 2021 14:01

The Case of George Nkencho

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The Case of George Nkencho by Kevin Higgins If this boy had been more prudentlydropped into life on, say, a streetwith trees that throw out their annual yellowto make a welcome parade for the sun;had as childhood neighbours a Circuit Court judge whose front door had no letterbox, a Garda…
Grieving the City
Saturday, 02 January 2021 12:01

Grieving the City

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Fran Lock introduces three poets writing loss in London I no longer recognise this city. I map this city by what is missing. By which I mean, I map this city by what I miss, by whom I miss. There is a species of exile that Edward Said identifies as…
Emmanuel
Thursday, 24 December 2020 09:31

Emmanuel

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Emmanuel by Fran Lock sometimes the sky fights me. sometimes the dayis a dogful of loss. sometimes the day is a desert,a prolonged and hopeless music. how the heart has timid discipline enough to make you retch,and i should gather in my wan rejoicing, stoneby stick, by feather by stone.…
Christmas 2020. It’s all about the loved ones
Sunday, 20 December 2020 10:17

Christmas 2020. It’s all about the loved ones

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Christmas 2020. It’s all about the loved ones by Annie McCrae but what about the sick onesthe bullied onesthe just about surviving onesthe unemployed onesthe struggling onesthe can’t cope any longer ones? And what about the lonely onesthe grieving onesthe drowning onesthe exploited onesthe abused onesthe trapped can’t leave ones?…
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