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: Symptomatic
Thursday, 04 October 2018 08:51

National Poetry Day: Symptomatic

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Symptomatic by Edward Mackinnon The crisis consists precisely in the fact that the old is dying and the new cannot be born; in this interregnum a great variety of morbid symptoms appear.- Antonio Gramsci, Prison Notebooks I have watched the wars being re-run nightly,become humane, democretinisationgoing forward, going global, light…
National Poetry Day: Suffer the Wretched
Thursday, 04 October 2018 08:32

National Poetry Day: Suffer the Wretched

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Suffer the Wretched by Ian C Smith A youngish couple, a toddler, a hoarse lapdog,spindly trailer loads of depression-era belongings,the sort left on the verge with rubbish binsto vanish overnight when clouds eclipse the moon.He reverses up the driveway, ropes taut, noise levelramping from silent to near-lunatic,next door’s house for…
Don't mention the word class! The theft of working-class culture
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Monday, 01 October 2018 20:55

Don't mention the word class! The theft of working-class culture

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Fran Lock exposes the hypocrisy, classism and elitism in contemporary liberal attempts to edit, erode and police working-class participation in the arts, and she calls for the radical, systematic democratisation of culture. Here she goes again! Over the last few months I have been asked to contribute to or participate in…
Poetry on the Picket Line
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Saturday, 22 September 2018 17:05

Poetry on the Picket Line

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Phill Jupitus wrote the Foreword for this new anthology, which is available here. All proceeds of sale will go towards strike funds. I have always thought there’s an unrecognised grace and beauty in a picket line. Also, they are a huge embarrassment to the organisations being picketed. The fact that,…
Thursday
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Friday, 14 September 2018 16:11

Thursday

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Thursday by Peter Knaggs The racks of bikinis and sunglasses and slippersand dressing gowns, the shelves of water jugs and balti dishes have gone and so have the people who sold them. A man called Lionbar has jemmied the firedoor.He’s making himself comfortable in menswear,abandoned of everything men wear. He…
Things that can fly
Friday, 14 September 2018 16:03

Things that can fly

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Things that can fly by Elizabeth Gibson You tell me, excitedly, how there is a hill in Azerbaijanthat is so full of natural gas it is always on fire. I agreethat is interesting, and maybe we can go there, but wishyour generation realised that right here we walk on coal.A…
Kipling Buildings
Monday, 10 September 2018 08:18

Kipling Buildings

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Kipling Buildings With some debt to Rudyard Kipling's 'If' by Alan Morrison If you can keep your head when all about youAre spy cameras, a deliberate delayOf the appointment time in an attemptTo break your spirit, a protracted waitIn a claustrophobic, clinical-looking room,A neutrally decorated purgatorySilent except for the rumbling…
lucky charms
Monday, 03 September 2018 22:19

lucky charms

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lucky charms by Martin Hayes some of the people I work with have made these spaces where they spend 11 hours a day protected areasthey have developed elaborate internal defences that have convinced them that these spots they sit inare almost sacredthey use plastic figurines, pictures, stones and cactus plants…
Measure Twice, Cut Once
Sunday, 19 August 2018 20:20

Measure Twice, Cut Once

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Measure Twice, Cut Once by Jon Tait When I was 17, the builder’s leader Albert Williams told me to get off site and go and get a degree, swap the sawdust and hard hat for books and a mortar board, and I should have said then that the only mortar…
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