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

Ballade upon 'Warts and All'
Wednesday, 03 May 2017 21:17

Ballade upon 'Warts and All'

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Ballade upon ‘Warts and all’ by Rip Bulkeley Only the old world could providethe means by which to reach the new,wreck timbers soiled by the tideof history which a stumbling crewhave cobbled for a rough canoe,then launched with hope for all our sakesdespite the fact, which they well knew,that politicians…
Graffiti art, Herne Hill
Tuesday, 25 April 2017 21:10

May in Dolgellau

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May in Dolgellau by Mike Jenkins Croeso i Gymru!Come to Walesif you want to make decisions,ramble on Yr Eryrijust like the PM Theresa May. Not only between lovespoonswith two balls in cagesand a slate plaqueinscribed in inspiring Welsh –‘Crach wedi codi o’r cachu’. Come to Dolgellau,new capital of ‘penderfyniadau’ –let…
Hidden Culture, Forgotten History
Thursday, 13 April 2017 15:38

Hidden Culture, Forgotten History

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Bruce Wilkinson introduces his new book on the 1960s Northern countercultural underground of avant-garde poetry. Hidden Culture, Forgotten History covers East Lancashire radicalism which sprang from the 1960s ‘little poetry magazines’ of working-class writers and editors Jim Burns, Dave Cunliffe and Tina Morris. Although the poetry scene’s influence on the…
Poetry, Unemployment and the Welfare Hate
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Sunday, 26 March 2017 17:38

Poetry, Unemployment and the Welfare Hate

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Alan Morrison introduces his latest poetry collection, and calls for submissions for his latest anthology of political poetry. After seven years of what might be termed the ‘welfare hate’, with over 80,000 deaths (and suicides) among sick and disabled claimants between 2011-14, approximately 2,380 within six weeks of the DWP…
Slave Songs and Symphonies
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Sunday, 26 March 2017 17:10

Slave Songs and Symphonies

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Alan Morrison reviews one of the new Culture Matters poetry pamphlets. This new series of poetry pamphlets under the Culture Matters imprint of Manifesto Press are glossily produced and complemented by specially commissioned illustrations throughout, all of which is to emphasize CM’s mission to spread progressive and accessible literature to…
Andy Croft and Amarjit Chandan
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Saturday, 04 March 2017 20:49

Asserting our shared humanity

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Andy Croft reports on his recent visit to Basra, for the Al-Marbed international poetry festival. I have never seen so many people at a poetry festival before – or so many Kalashnikovs. A few weeks ago I was in the southern Iraqi city of Basra with my friend the Punjabi…
Purchase progressive political poetry!
Saturday, 04 March 2017 19:22

Purchase progressive political poetry!

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Interested in progressive poetry? You might like to try one of our new titles, published jointly with Manifesto Press: The Minister for Poetry Has Decreed is political poetry of the highest order, telling truth to power and poking fun at it at the same time, artistically deploying a profoundly moral…
Matt Abbott
Sunday, 19 February 2017 19:09

Pick up a pen and speak out

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It was a couple of weeks after my 18th birthday, and I was on the coach back from a political rally in London. It was either anti-cuts or anti-war, I’m not entirely sure, but safe to say it attracted those of us on the left of the political spectrum. On…
I belong
Saturday, 21 January 2017 16:32

I belong

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white privileges upon a turquoise thresholdI hold on to you tightersensing shifts I stroke these momentsof damaged velvet withdesperate need hearing you breatheno longer I and youno longer black and white I wish I could seewith your eyeswalk with your privileges I swallow my wordslike glass become tangledin sheets of…
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