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

A Disillusionment
Friday, 29 December 2017 22:54

A Disillusionment

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A Disillusionment by Chris Norris  It sounds counter-intuitive. How can the ‘Jewish State’ or the Zionist movement be anti-Semitic? But several of US President Donald Trump’s appointments have made it clearer than ever. He leads the most pro-Israel US administration in history, even while appointing key figures with anti-Semitic ties…
The Hate-Song of J. William Rees-Mogg
Monday, 11 December 2017 14:14

The Hate-Song of J. William Rees-Mogg

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The Hate-Song of J. William Rees-Mogg by Chris Norris My name is Jacob Rees-Mogg, andI’ll have you peasants knowI'm here to save this precious landFrom many a deadly foe. I'm ten years old but please don't laugh;I'm grown-up as can be.I read the Daily TelegraphAnd that’s the rag for me.…
Patrick Kavanagh_monument at Grand Canal, Dublin
Thursday, 30 November 2017 16:25

Patrick Kavanagh

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On the 50th anniversary of Patrick Kavanagh's death, Jenny Farrell draws out some of the political meanings of Patrick Kavanagh's poem Epic.  The Irish poet Patrick Kavanagh (21 October 1904 – 30 November 1967), who died fifty years ago, is not as well known internationally as he should be. He…
on that day
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Wednesday, 29 November 2017 23:32

on that day

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on that day by Steve Pottinger on that day when we can barely hear ourselves think for the pealing of church bells the cheering of crowds when the pubs are full  and the street parties last  till every bottle’s empty and the sun is crawling over the rooftops for the…
Migrants: a dialogue
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Wednesday, 29 November 2017 14:37

Migrants: a dialogue

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Migrants: a dialogue by Chris Norris Some certainly recognized the suffering of the migrants concerned, but comments beneath a Daily Mail article included the following: ‘Isn’t it about time these people stayed to sort out the mess in their own countries instead of running away?’; and ‘Hard as it may…
Endless shit stain (perpetual motion)
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Wednesday, 22 November 2017 18:16

At Service or Brexit

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At Service or Brexit by Alan Dunnett In the timings is some dislocation.All the cogs seem oiled. You pull and againat the lever. Each day, it is harder, sweating underground while the batteriesget low. Each day, the end-count is smaller.There is a dull continuing. Hands reach through the cage for…
Bread and Roses Poetry Anthology 2017
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Tuesday, 21 November 2017 22:03

Bread and Roses Poetry Anthology 2017

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Len McCluskey introduces the Bread and Roses Poetry Anthology 2017. As working-class people, we know all about economic struggle. It’s a constant struggle for many people nowadays to make ends meet on low incomes and inadequate benefits, because these have been deliberately frozen and even cut by governments of the…
universal credit
Friday, 17 November 2017 11:32

universal credit

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universal credit by Fran Lock statues wake, and yawning, scrapethe birdshit from their tongues. londondrags a dirty nail across her fibroid lungs. the hoodies and the halfwits are disportingon the green. their smiles are shallow gasheslike the slots of fruit machines. the silent politicians brush their dandrufffrom their suits. rehearsing…
Us Too
Friday, 17 November 2017 10:32

Us Too

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Us too by Fran Lock 1: And at the knackered traffic lights, the lads, led about by their soft-boiled bellies like pregnant seahorses; regimental maniacs in berets, khaki slacks and symptomatic tattoos, checking their reflections in their steel toe-caps. It’s Friday night, and I am walking the tusky ramparts of…
A Double Act
Friday, 17 November 2017 10:10

A Double Act

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A Double Act by S. O. Fasrus 'But what I learned later in life, too late, is that when you have power over another person, asking them to look at your dick isn’t a question. It’s a predicament for them - Louis C K It's fifteen years laterwe're rueing the…
To the Wife of an All-Too-Interventionist Foreign Secretary
Friday, 17 November 2017 09:45

To the Wife of an All-Too-Interventionist Foreign Secretary

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To the Wife of an All-Too-Interventionist Foreign Secretary by Chris Norris Note: This piece is an updated reprise of Edgell Rickword’s mid-1930s poem ‘To the Wife of Any Non-Interventionist Statesman’. Rickword was addressing those mainly Conservative politicians who opposed sending military aid to the Republican Government in Spain on grounds…
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