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: you ask us why we fight
Thursday, 04 October 2018 09:46

National Poetry Day: you ask us why we fight

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you ask us why we fight by Fran Lock you can make an inkblot of your nosebleed if you want to. talk and tsk and suckyour teeth. conspiracy and crucible, and last of all is cliché: fighting irish. Tell mehow my fist offends propriety, then name me one good thing…
National Poetry Day: Anatomy of a Bomb Scare
Thursday, 04 October 2018 09:30

National Poetry Day: Anatomy of a Bomb Scare

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Anatomy of a Bomb Scarefor Jacqueline Walker by Kevin Higgins Tasks such as this are typically implementedon deniable mobile phones,ordered by a raised eyebrow or nodfourth or fifth floor of an unpainted, concrete building,about which no more can be said because, for reasons obvious to both The Guardian and the…
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
K2_PUBLISHED_ON 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…
National Poetry Day: Fuck Off Darlings
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Thursday, 04 October 2018 07:46

National Poetry Day: Fuck Off Darlings

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fuck off darlings by Martin Hayes fuck off with your award-winningfuck off with your writer groupsfuck off with your plastic covers of books that contain no heartno gutsfuck off with your equations and rulesyour blank little spaces that are supposed to represent a women's breath a man's sweatfuck off with…
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
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
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…
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