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

Look at me, lingering outside this murdered church
Friday, 31 May 2019 15:56

Look at me, lingering outside this murdered church

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Look at me, lingering outside this murdered church by Jane Burn Open your lids, you coal-smut, bitter thing. Undraw the blindthat your plunged doom has set in the lead of your eyes.Too many years of chimneys, licking their filth on your bricks.Nobody comes to pluck at your weeds. Look at…
Joe Hill Walks This Factory Floor
Sunday, 26 May 2019 19:43

Joe Hill Walks This Factory Floor

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Joe Hill Walks This Factory Floor by Fred Voss I remember working a union shop decades agothe way we stooda little tallerwalked by a supervisor with our chin and chest stuck outa little furtherwe owned the concrete floorgrabbed the handles to our machines because we wanted to not because we…
Green Shadows
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Wednesday, 15 May 2019 16:20

Green Shadows

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Green Shadows by William Hershaw Poor old Johnny Clare!Driven mad by Society, protected by Poetry,Flapping like an owl, daftman on the roadBetween London and The Bluebell Inn.You’d grown up with the birdsAnd knew their language off pat.Even in the asylum of ageThe Corncrake and Ring OuzelWere bringing you news:How Keats…
This poem has a title
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Tuesday, 14 May 2019 10:40

This poem has a title

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This Poem has a Title by Lisa Kelly This poem must take medication in order to be read at any future event. It has been found that this poem has an unfair natural advantage which makes it stand out at festivals and open mic spots, and streak ahead of its…
Letter to Marx on Mayday
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Tuesday, 14 May 2019 09:23

Letter to Marx on Mayday

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Letter to Marx by Chris Norris A spectre is haunting Europe – the spectre of Communism. All the powers of old Europe have entered into a holy alliance to exorcise this spectre; Pope and Czar, Metternich and Guizot, French radicals and German police spies. - Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels,…
helpston
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Wednesday, 08 May 2019 09:48

helpston

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helpston by Fran Lock the brazen head has spoken: heat. and now, the summerlifts its loaded pitchforks to the light. the pewit in the dog-whistle of its wings. gardens teem, lecherous and stifled.here, the sly, fermented smiles of youth on bikes. they donot know. this heat, a tight green crouch…
On the birth of Prince What's-His-Name
Monday, 06 May 2019 18:08

On the birth of Prince What's-His-Name

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On The Birth Of Prince What’s-His-Namebefore Carol Ann Duffy by Kevin Higgins Receive this boy-child, world, to pursue him about the pages of the tabloids and glossies that were his granny’s premature end.Under the sign of the Express,and Nicholas Witchell of the BBC, we conspirefor him a life of turning…
Mayday poem: The Company Board
Thursday, 02 May 2019 14:45

Mayday poem: The Company Board

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The Company Board by Chris Norris The propertied class and the class of the proletariat present the same human self-estrangement. But the former class feels at ease and strengthened in this self-estrangement, it recognizes estrangement as its own power, and has in it the semblance of a human existence. The…
Mayday poem: The Blacklist
Thursday, 02 May 2019 12:47

Mayday poem: The Blacklist

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The Blacklist by Owen Gallagher Everyone sped off at the end of their shift.No one saw him sobbing in his car.No one paused to say he deserved a starfor speaking out; that his courage was a gift. He feared his wife’s reaction to the news,he’d been sacked instantly without pay,and…
Mobilise the books! A review of Shabbigentile
Wednesday, 01 May 2019 14:47

Mobilise the books! A review of Shabbigentile

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Andy Croft reviews Shabbigentile, by Alan Morrison. There is a long poem in Alan Morrison’s fantastic new collection Shabbigentile (Culture Matters, £9, available here) about the 1930s Left Book Club, invoking the idea of ‘red belles-lettres ringing red bells / Of rebellion’: ‘Now once more books need to be mobilised…
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