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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

Portrait of Robert Burns (after Skirving)
Saturday, 23 January 2016 10:13

Burnsiana

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Burnsiana Scroll back from the cosmos,To inner space.The mind's micro-structureNanoscientists mind-mappingThe brain's hundred billion neurons,Its thousand trillion connections,Processing 0.1 quadrillion thoughts per second.Vastly more sophisticatedThan any computer.What causes that leapAcross the synapse?The spark between Creator and Man?That lets the poet contemplate the rose –And move the human heart. Thanks to…
Tam O'Shanter and Souter Johnny at Kirkton Jean's
Saturday, 23 January 2016 09:12

An Alternative Burns Supper

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David Betteridge presents two poems to help you enjoy an alternative Burns supper.   At An Alternative Burns Supper His short life and his fertilitylift his perfection to the rank of the phenomenal...- Aphorisms on Mozart, by Ferruccio Busoni I Here’s tae the man’s life -its drivin root, its rise,…
Saturday, 23 January 2016 09:43

The Real Robert Burns

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My word you can’t know Burns unless you can hate the Lockharts and all the estimable bourgeoisand upper classes as he really did – the narrow gutted pigeons. Don’t for God’s sake be mealy-mouthed like them. I’d like to write a Burns life. Oh, why doesn’t Burns come to life…
Making Better Rhymes: Chartist Poetry and Working Class Struggle
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Friday, 22 January 2016 22:44

Making Better Rhymes: Chartist Poetry and Working Class Struggle

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In the first of a series of articles on Chartist poetry and working class struggle, Dr. Mike Sanders traces the background to its development. Andy Croft in 'The Privatisation of Poetry' cites approvingly, Francis Combes's declaration that "Poetry belongs to everyone". As an aspiration, I couldn't agree more. In reality,…
Everything Must Go
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Thursday, 14 January 2016 22:27

Everything Must Go

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On Tuesday 15th December, 2015 Christie’s Auction House held a sale of property that had belonged to the late British Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher. The sale realised more than £4.5 million pounds. The Guardian dryly stated that ‘she was worth more dead than alive’. Thatcher presided over one of the…
Aylan Kurdi
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Thursday, 14 January 2016 21:36

Two Poems for Aylan Kurdi

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You'd Only Have To Do It Once by Chris Amos "You'd only have to do it once. One burst of rapid fire - BRRRAAAPPP!And stop the scum right then and thereAnd put Great Britain back on track.They did it in Tiananamen Square - it worked for them.'Course, they were Commie…
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Monday, 11 January 2016 14:43

The Western Wall Plaza

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THE WESTERN WALL PLAZA Jerusalem is the dwelling place of the Shekinah the Plaza rained out, no one at prayer, no one intoning under an umbrella, theirfeet would be flooded if so I take refuge in a wooden shack at the opposite end, wet seats, wet tables,soldiers on duty, some…
Wednesday, 23 December 2015 21:11

Prickling the politics of permanent austerity with political-polemical poetry

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Alan Morrison surveys the recent 'mushrooming depth-charge' of political poetry in various anthologies, welcomes the rise of radical publishers, and introduces his new website, Militant Thistles. Since The Recusant/Caparison’s anti-austerity poetry anthologies, Emergency Verse – Poetry in Defence of the Welfare State (2010/11) and The Robin Hood Book – Verse…
Wednesday, 23 December 2015 10:10

Two Poems by Lisa Kelly

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Last Man to Leave the Ice Factory Ice was no chin-chin thing to keep a drink cold;ice was business, titanic big, tonnes crushedfor the trawlers to keep fish fresh in the holdtides away from land. Now machines are hushed;then, up at four we were, 20 waggons waitingfor 20 tonnes of…
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