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

Run on the food bank
Tuesday, 15 September 2020 12:17

Run on the food bank

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Run on the food bank by Mick O'Sullivan Unwanted crumbs are swept here, for today’s bumper giveaway. Proud feathers ruffle 'midst flap and kerfuffle.Heads turn sharp, nervously taut,unblinking eyes flash then stare.Any grub is grabbed eagerly, greedily;constantly they struggle to live - or die. Edgily restive, unwilling to linger,dumbly clutching…
Moonshot Haiku and Impressions of a Curate's Egg
Monday, 14 September 2020 09:19

Moonshot Haiku and Impressions of a Curate's Egg

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Moonshot haiku by Laura Taylor Moonshot ambition; bukkake for the nation. Pass the flannel, please. Impressions of a Curate's Egg by Laura Taylor It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. It didn't miss a trick of the Spring bells and yellows, marigold's bloom. Sitting in…
She Died Alone
Monday, 14 September 2020 08:02

She Died Alone

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She Died Alone by Mike Jenkins She died there in hospital,no husband, Sissy, daughter Ingridno church kin around herand at her funeral of regulation 10her own Lusamba saw the coffinand could not imagine her within. She was a mother to everyonewho was blown into Victoria stationlost for food or direction,took…
The People Died
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Sunday, 06 September 2020 12:47

The People Died

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Karl Parkinson presents The People Died, published in his recent collection Sacred Symphony (Culture Matters) The poem has been made into a video by poet and videographer Dave Lordan, and performed by myself. It's a danse macabre, an avant-garde videopoem for the 21st century that looks back on the poetic…
The cry of the poor from inner-city Dublin: Sacred Symphony
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Wednesday, 29 July 2020 12:43

The cry of the poor from inner-city Dublin: Sacred Symphony

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Sacred Symphony is a new collection of poems on life in inner-city Dublin, by Karl Parkinson, with photographs by Peter O'Doherty. It includes All the Swings are Gone and is introduced by Father Peter McVerry, who concludes with these words: Those who are economically unproductive are considered a drain on…
Only use words if you have to: Homily of Francis
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Tuesday, 28 July 2020 08:39

Only use words if you have to: Homily of Francis

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Geraldine Clarkson introduces her new collection When in the last two months before publication of my first full poetry collection, Monica’s Overcoat of Flesh — the progress of which had been variously plagued by bereavements, the loss of a home, and complicated publishing scenarios — the final compiling and proofreading…
Living in dark times: the poetry of Bertolt Brecht
Monday, 06 July 2020 15:47

Living in dark times: the poetry of Bertolt Brecht

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Edward Mackinnon shows how Brecht successfully integrated Marxist theory into his poetic practice “What is robbing a bank compared with founding a bank?” “In the dark timesWill there also be singing?Yes, there will also be singing.About the dark times” “And I always thought the very simplest wordsShould be enough. If…
Wednesday, 01 July 2020 10:33

Brecht

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THE POETRY OF BERTOLT BRECHT “What is robbing a bank compared with founding a bank?” “In the dark timesWill there also be singing?Yes, there will also be singing.About the dark times” “And I always thought the very simplest wordsShould be enough. If I say how things areEveryone’s heart must be…
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