Edward Mackinnon

Edward Mackinnon

Edward Mackinnon's fourth collection is "The Storm Called Progress", published by Shoestring Press. 

Prime Ministerial Couplets
Thursday, 23 January 2020 19:40

Prime Ministerial Couplets

Published in Poetry

Prime Ministerial Couplets

by Edward Mackinnon

Not favouring Curry
John had his way with her, but wouldn’t promote her
She was salmonella poison to the loyal Tory voter

Suppliers of corpses
His Edinburgh schooling must have taught Blair
he needed a Bush just as Burke needed Hare

Economic Braveheart
No return to boom and bust: he certainly had some baws
when he claimed he’d put an end to capitalism’s laws

Distant relative of the Royals
Though born to rule, he said he was a team player at heart
ER and PR failed him when his heartless team fell apart

Surveyor’s report
Clad with towering faith and burning conviction
her strength and stability were proved a fragile fiction

Proving Juvenal right
Classic narcissist and Olympian liar
makes lyric poets give up and turn to satire

An Eton Mess

Image by Martin Gollan

National Poetry Day: Symptomatic
Thursday, 04 October 2018 08:51

National Poetry Day: Symptomatic

Published in Poetry

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, democretinisation
going forward, going global, light re-
lief and breaking news of conflagration
seamlessly matched and amalgamated.
Morbidity takes forms too numerous
by far even to be e-numerated.
When someone slipped – it’s rare, so humorous –
through the net of managed mendacity,
the anchorman though briefly blown off course
held firm against bare-faced audacity,
cut short and thanked the would-be Trojan horse
for a point of view that was fascinating
and contrarian. Newsman’s worth his corn
of unintended mirth, validating
Gramsci: the old’s dying, the new can’t be born.