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

Rest In Peace, Rosemary McLeish
Tuesday, 25 August 2020 15:20

Rest In Peace, Rosemary McLeish

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Jane Burn and Fran Lock write about Rosemary McLeish, who sadly passed away on Sunday 23rd August Jane Burn writes: I got to know Rosemary on Facebook at first, in that way that we poets seem to do. Like minds do gravitate towards each other. I didn’t meet her in…
Pounding on the door of Kafka's Castle
Friday, 21 August 2020 09:01

Pounding on the door of Kafka's Castle

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Pounding on the door of Kafka's Castle by Fred Voss Once we were men with opposable thumbs we grabbedsticks and stuck them down anthillswe grabbed berries women hourglasses formulasand mushroom cloudswe grabbed onto ideaslike balloons carrying us high abovethe dirty earthwe got excitedand built churches and gallows and insane asylums…
Janis Joplin never belted Southern Comfort and screamed the blues
Friday, 21 August 2020 08:49

Janis Joplin never belted Southern Comfort and screamed the blues

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Janis Joplin never belted Southern Comfort and screamed the blues by Fred Voss “We’ve got to wear these fricking masks!”says our new supervisorto us machinists and de-burrers and shipping clerks and punch press operators gatheredaround him on the shop floor for the special coronaviruspandemic meeting he has calledto tell us…
Ox and The Great Big Identity Trick
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Tuesday, 18 August 2020 10:48

Ox and The Great Big Identity Trick

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Ox and The Great Big Identity Trick by Martin Hayes Ox wants more food in his bowlhe wants the hours he spends strapped into Farmer’s ploughreduced Hen wants to lay her eggsau naturel not forced out of herby a billion-pound industry who keeps mucking around with the light Raven wants…
After recent unfortunate results
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Monday, 17 August 2020 09:49

After recent unfortunate results

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After Recent Unfortunate Results by Kevin Higgins Next election onwards, there’ll be a second vote for those who turn up with, under their arm,a print copy of one of the larger newspapers and answer a few unobtrusive questions to prove they’ve consumed it correctly. A third for those who also…
Bread and Roses Poetry Award 2020: The winners!
Thursday, 30 July 2020 11:44

Bread and Roses Poetry Award 2020: The winners!

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This year the judges, Andy Croft of Smokestack Books and Mary Sayer from Unite, picked seven rather than five poems which they thought worthy winners of the Award. So Unite have kindly agreed to provide additional prize money this year for all seven poems. The winners are Handbook for 2021…
Only use words if you have to: Homily of Francis
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…
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