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

The Approaching Storm
Tuesday, 06 October 2020 20:24

The Approaching Storm

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The Approaching Storm by S. J. Litherland A grey interlude of calm and a whinein the woods, a lone siren.Diamonds arrive on my window,tracery of casual beauty. The grey overhang of cloudtells us nothing, it’s blank like a liar avoiding a question.Seeds of rain and a lone bird aloftas if…
Rathlin: In memory of Derek Mahon
Monday, 05 October 2020 07:14

Rathlin: In memory of Derek Mahon

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Jenny Farrell memorialises Derek Mahon by presenting a reading of his poem Rathlin, bringing out its political message and artistic skill Derek Mahon died on 1 October. Born into the Protestant Belfast working class, he was of a generation with Seamus Heaney and Michael Longley. All three poets benefitted from…
Trump has Covid
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Friday, 02 October 2020 11:12

Trump has Covid

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Trump has Covid by Jane Burn and I do not celebrate. Melania has Covidand I do not celebrate. Covid is a fiend, a brute –a devastator of too many homes, a ruiner of health,relationships, families. Of businesses, of lives.I wish it gone, I wish healing to the whole world.He will…
Demolition
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Thursday, 01 October 2020 13:19

Demolition

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Demolition by Annette Marie Skade Before they were demolished the tennies were rough,drug dealers on the stairwells mopped by the women,rubbish tipped down chutes to the rats on the bins,bonfires on the tarmac between the blocks. A toddlerdressed like a doll in a fun-fur jacket, pokes a stick into a…
Form and Content
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Thursday, 01 October 2020 11:41

Form and Content

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Form and Content by Martin Rowson Today is National Poetry Day, so I must now informThe World that she whom I adore, she who keeps me warm,Hates my verse, abhors my rhymes, thinks my scansion gorm-Less.My love, alas, approves the content but deplores the form. What I see as a…
again and again they kill him
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Wednesday, 30 September 2020 08:47

again and again they kill him

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again and again they kill him by Fran Lock, with image by Martin Gollan even now there are places where a thought might shrink –a mind worked out and thwart with waltzy boozing, hotwith speed, still wearing all its frenzy on its sleeve. to breathethis bitter vigilance undone. abused, becalmed,…
Homage to Henry Kissinger
Monday, 21 September 2020 06:53

Homage to Henry Kissinger

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Homage to Henry Kissinger by Kevin Higgins When Henry Kissinger again fails to die: Another tree in the Central Highlands loses all its leaves A girl sits on a visiting diplomat’s lap Someone organises a Nelson Rockefeller lookalike party Which Henry Kissinger attends An election result somewhere is declared null…
Working-class poetics and heeding the 'cry of the poor'
Sunday, 20 September 2020 07:21

Working-class poetics and heeding the 'cry of the poor'

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Fran Lock writes about our potential to develop and publish a new kind of poetics, where solidarity and community can be fostered in moments of lyrical, dialectical tenderness. Above image by Imtiaz Dharker, from Witches, Warriors and Workers We are living through a strange and difficult time for poetry; for…
The Burden of Ownership
Tuesday, 15 September 2020 12:17

The Burden of Ownership

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The Burden of Ownership by Jenny Mitchell He measures cost in body parts. A head paysfor a month of food; two eyes a week of drink.Christmas adds a throat. Carved out with carethe neck still holds a yoke if the chin is firmweight evenly proportioned. Four breasts pay for his…
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