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

National Poetry Day: Vignettes of Working Class Exhaustion
Wednesday, 27 September 2017 20:25

National Poetry Day: Vignettes of Working Class Exhaustion

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Vignettes of Working Class Exhaustion by Fran Lock Malkin Sacred, not wise, the black cat's acidcasualty stare, traversing a crumblingcul-de-sac, under a starlessly inkjet sky.We cross each other's path, and sheleans into my unluck, a clot of deeperdark, unstuck from the rest of the night.Then she is gone, the quick…
National Poetry Day: Pretend
Wednesday, 27 September 2017 13:31

National Poetry Day: Pretend

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Pretend by a postal worker pretend that the scars on your knuckles come from boxing, not letterboxesmake out that the pains in your neck are just age, the snaps in your knees,the feet worn rough by work shoes slanted at heels, soles like a burst couch,front up that you’ll not…
The World Transformed, Brighton
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Wednesday, 27 September 2017 08:49

National Poetry Day: Ciúnas/Quiet

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Ciúnas/Quiet after Camillo Sbarbero by Kevin Higgins Ciúnas, sad person, these are the greatdays when one must speak without whining.The children of the long political sleep forced awake. Like a vine heavy with grapes in peak season,laughing at its own potential riches,I don’t think I shall die againand now know…
National Poetry Day: None of us are really machines
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Wednesday, 27 September 2017 08:28

National Poetry Day: None of us are really machines

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None of us are really machines by Fred Voss Every once in a while a manfalls apart next to a machine with perfect thousandth-of-an-inch calibration marksall over its dialstrains roll on timetime clocks never miss a tickJupiter never stops revolving or orbiting the sunbut a manwho has come through a…
National Poetry Day: Justice and Peace
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Tuesday, 26 September 2017 15:38

National Poetry Day: Justice and Peace

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Justice and Peace by Alan Dunnett Then I killed him. It was appropriate.Then his sister hired some men who shot my brother when they could not find me. Chestdown, he was paralysed. Following that, my sister-in-law spoke to her brothersand they took revenge but two of them died. Then it…
Plagiarism and the Privatisation of Poetry
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Tuesday, 12 September 2017 15:49

Plagiarism and the Privatisation of Poetry

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The Guardian recently ran an article on plagiarism in poetry by Will Storr. Andy Croft, author of two very widely read and influential articles on Culture Matters, The Privatisation of Poetry and Poetry Belongs to Everyone, was interviewed at what was called 'an anarchist bookfair' (actually London's Radical Bookfair). It is very tempting to reduce these issues to…
Roar!
Wednesday, 06 September 2017 08:31

Roar!

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Roar! by Martin Hayes as we allocated out the thousands of jobstrying to keep it safe and tidyso that we could protect our minds and dignityfrom the supervisors who would come out every time they caught us fucking upand try to strip it all awayby screaming and shouting at us…
Bring the Rising Home!
Monday, 04 September 2017 20:10

Bring the Rising Home!

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Owen Gallagher introduces Mike Jenkins's latest poetry collection. Mike Jenkins is a politically active poet of the street, the estate and the countryside. He is also known among Cardiff City Football Club fans as their ‘unofficial poet’. He writes prophetically on behalf of the oppressed in towns and valleys, not…
The Trouble with Monsters
Saturday, 02 September 2017 12:55

The Trouble with Monsters

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The Trouble with Monsters by Chris Norris Quick way with monsters: send a hero outFor mortal combat: sometimes he'll prevailAnd kill the beast, while other times he'll failAnd it will be his death that ends the bout. The point is, those old poets had it right,Those Greeks, and Romans, and…
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