The Combination - A Poetic Coupling of the Communist Manifesto by Peter Raynard
£6 (plus £1.50 p&p). ISBN 978-1-912710-04-1
Culture Matters is proud to publish a remarkable new long poem by Peter Raynard written to mark the 200th anniversary of Marx’s birth, and the 170th anniversary of the publication of The Communist Manifesto.
Like the Manifesto, it protests the injustice and exploitation which is integral to capitalism, and the growing gap between capitalism’s productive potential and the unequal distribution of its benefits. And like that Manifesto, it is a dynamic and powerful piece of writing – pungent, oppositional and unsettling.
'A highly innovative long poem, loaded with history, radicalism and urgency.'
- Anthony Anaxagorou
‘This poetic coupling is something else. It's a re-appropriation, a reclamation, a making sing. It's bolshie (yes, in every sense), provocative and poignant too. It takes the Manifesto back from all that is dead, dry and terminally obfuscated. It's a reminder of reality, the flesh on the theory. It gives Marx to those of us who need him most. Not just relevant, but urgent. Not just angry, but hopeful."
- Fran Lock
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Chris Guiton is an Associate Editor of Culture Matters, and a freelance writer and project manager.