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

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…
A witness to ruthless oppression: Maxim Gorky
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Monday, 05 March 2018 22:36

A witness to ruthless oppression: Maxim Gorky

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Jenny Farrell introduces the life and poetry of Maxim Gorky, who was born 150 years ago, and presents his poem Storm Petrel, prophesying revolution. Alexei Maximovich Peshkov, or Maxim Gorky, was born 28 March 1868 in Nizhny Novgorod (named Gorky,1932-1990), and died 14 June 1936. He was a Russian and…
What Did The Politician Get His Wife?
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Saturday, 24 February 2018 18:28

What Did The Politician Get His Wife?

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What Did The Politician Get His Wife?after Bertolt Brecht by Kevin Higgins And what did she get, the girlfriend,from the student union meetingat which he rose to his feetand realised he could speak? From that meeting she gotthe Snickers bar he forgot to eatso busy was he watching them listen;and…
The Communist Manifesto: A Poetic Coupling
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Tuesday, 17 April 2018 11:47

The Communist Manifesto: A Poetic Coupling

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To mark the 170th anniversary of the publication of The Communist Manifesto, Peter Raynard presents his new poem, a 'poetic coupling' based on the text of the Manifesto. Counting in at around 12,000 words, has there ever been a more influential book containing so few words, than the Communist Manifesto?…
The Communist Manifesto: A Poetic Coupling
Tuesday, 20 February 2018 22:05

The Communist Manifesto: A Poetic Coupling

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To mark the 170th anniversary of the publication of The Communist Manifesto, Peter Raynard presents his new poem, a 'poetic coupling' based on the text of the Manifesto. Counting in at around 12,000 words, has there ever been a more influential book containing so few words, than the Communist Manifesto?…
Grenfell Tower, 2018
Monday, 19 February 2018 20:08

Grenfell Tower, 2018

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Since July 2017 Rip Bulkeley has been creating an anthology "Poems for Grenfell Tower", which will be published by The Onslaught Press at Easter. Poems were invited in any language and up to 50 lines long, and then selected blind by a small review panel. The resulting collection includes 62…
In Praise of Communism
Tuesday, 17 April 2018 11:52

In Praise of Communism

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The outstanding German communist playwright and poet Bertolt Brecht was born on 10 February 1898, 120 years ago. To celebrate the anniversary, Jenny Farrell has sent us one of his poems, which was translated by her father, Jack Mitchell. The image is by Mark Titchner, an artist who lives and…
In Praise of Communism
Friday, 09 February 2018 22:21

In Praise of Communism

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The outstanding German communist playwright and poet Bertolt Brecht was born on 10 February 1898, 120 years ago. To celebrate the anniversary, Jenny Farrell has sent us one of his poems, which was translated by her father, Jack Mitchell. The image is by Mark Titchner, an artist who lives and works…
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