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

Doodgeskiet: In memory of Chris Hani
Saturday, 14 April 2018 19:32

Doodgeskiet: In memory of Chris Hani

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It is twenty-five years this month since the assassination of Chris Hani, general secretary of the South African Communist Party and chief of staff of Umkhonto we Sizwe. Hani was also Mandela’s de facto deputy; his murder opened the way to the disappointments and betrayals of Thabo Mbeki and Joseph…
More important than Elvis's comb
Saturday, 14 April 2018 18:08

More important than Elvis's comb

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Fred Voss sent in the following poem after reading the new collection by Martin Hayes, The Things Our Hands Once Stood For, published by Culture Matters and available here. More important than Elvis's comb by Fred Voss What is more importantthan a cheap blue linoleum kitchen table in a little…
Hoodied Bridget
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Wednesday, 28 March 2018 11:14

Hoodied Bridget

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Hoodied Bridget after Bertolt Brecht & Kurt Weill by Kevin Higgins A spectre is haunting Europe — the spectre of communism. - Karl Marx You’ve seen me doing my hours emptying the ashtrays of third hand taxis cabsand scrubbing hard with bleach their tainted back seats before they’re offered up again…
Those Hands
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Tuesday, 27 March 2018 10:42

Those Hands

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Mike Jenkins offers a prose-poem inspired by Martin Hayes’ book of poetry ‘The things our hands once stood for’  Those Hands for Martin Hayes                                        I’ll never forget those hands resting on his…
Bread and Roses Poetry Award 2018
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Monday, 19 March 2018 17:53

Bread and Roses Poetry Award 2018

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Culture Matters is pleased to announce that the second Bread and Roses Poetry Award, sponsored by Unite, is now open for entries. It is part of our mission to promote a socialist approach to culture. The purpose of the Award is to create new opportunities for working class people to write…
our mother's day will come
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Sunday, 11 March 2018 16:43

our mother's day will come

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our mother’s day will come by Fran Lock my mother’s face exists in the space between kaijū and sphinx. she’s wearing clothes that holdher body in contempt. her breath, imperfect peppermint. she has to go to work. her earringsare obols, shorn of their funerary usage. palestflirtation of dubious gold. unclaimed…
Gibraltar, March 1988
Wednesday, 07 March 2018 11:21

Gibraltar, March 1988

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30 years ago at approx 3.30pm Mairéad Farrell was murdered by the British state on Gibraltar. Standing by her side, also with his hands in the air, was Dan McCann who was also shot dead. A few hundred metres away Sean Savage was to have a similar fate. At the…
We'll show you you're a woman
Tuesday, 06 March 2018 22:45

We'll show you you're a woman

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To mark IWD, we're publishing this poem from a new collection by Sheree Mack called skinshame, to be published shortly by Culture Matters.‘We’ll show you you’re a woman’ was the title of a report compiled by Human Rights Watch into the violence and discrimination experienced by black lesbians and transgender…
An Unfortunate Case
Tuesday, 06 March 2018 22:03

An Unfortunate Case

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An Unfortunate Case by Chris Norris Portugal’s president has described the circumstances in which a homeless Portuguese man died near the UK parliament as ‘inhumane’. Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa paid tribute to the unnamed man found dead in an underpass near Westminster tube station, a stone’s throw from an entrance to…
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