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

Goodbye Andy Capp
Friday, 07 May 2021 13:13

Goodbye Andy Capp

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Goodbye Andy Capp by Jim Aitken, illustrated by the statue in Hartlepool Andy, oh Andy, what have you done?This is definitely your lowest yet.Though you were caricature combinedwith stereotype, you were still ours.You were one of our own and all yourstupid antics served only to entertainthe Blue Bunch who saw…
Tuesday, 04 May 2021 16:21

The Boy in the Subway

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The Boy in the Subway by Tony Webb I met my wife for breakfast.Futile negotiationsin the bookshop café at the Dylan Thomas Centre.A peaceful haven amongst books and old pictures. I ordered hot chocolate, knowing this would bother her.The cream on my lips and other parts of my facewere bound…
Deals done
Sunday, 02 May 2021 11:29

Deals done

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Deals Done by Sally Flint The amount the government has to spend on state pensions will fall by £1.5bn by 2022, partly because of over-65s dying of Covid, forecasts suggest. The government will also receive an extra £0.9bn from inheritance tax - www.bbc.co.uk/news/business 3 March 2021 Boris Johnson’s ‘chumocracy’ is…
May Day 2021: Defence and Rights
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Saturday, 01 May 2021 09:15

May Day 2021: Defence and Rights

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Defence and Rights by David Betteridge ... we have come here in the cause of Labour,in its own defence, to demand its own rights... - Eleanor Marx, speech on the first May Dayheld in Hyde Park, London, 1890 Mayday. Mayday. Mayday. Two syllables, thrice.Whoever hears this call understands Distress,and knows…
May Day 2021: Star-Spangled Purple Bandana General
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Sunday, 25 April 2021 08:36

May Day 2021: Star-Spangled Purple Bandana General

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Star-spangled Purple Bandana General by Fred Voss When I first stepped up to a machine after gettingmy union cardI joined a ring of men and women locking hands in a circlespanning the globean armywith wrenches and hammers and steel-toed shoes and hardhats and tape measuresinstead of gunsan army standing so…
Camels and Needles
Sunday, 25 April 2021 11:27

Camels and Needles

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Camels and Needles by Rebecca Lowe ‘It is easier for a camel to passThrough the eye of a needleThan for a rich man to enter heaven’… ‘Ah,’ you say,‘But it depends on the size of the needle,It depends on the size of the camel.’ Poverty is relative only for the…
kentish hymn / keremet
Sunday, 25 April 2021 11:25

kentish hymn / keremet

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kentish hymn / keremet by Fran Lock wuton wuldrian weorada dryhten hálgan hlióðorcwidum... god is native to a numb tongue, heard as cleave or queerdom, we are crossing in fog where the chalk path forks. hips and haws. to the barrow, to the drear bower over the berm, to etching…
The Cumm-Back
Saturday, 24 April 2021 16:46

The Cumm-Back

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The Cumm-Back by David Erdos And so Cummings condemns and throws even theirFormer secret codes into chaos. As with any supposedDivorce, the embittered try to deny what once was. It is as if the Tin Man had spilt the rotten beans keptInside him, to poison the cowardly Lion, with his…
Invisible
Friday, 23 April 2021 11:08

Invisible

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Invisible by Pamela Thomas Cheryl's dog died yesterday, scruffy thing. He made it to fifteen But no-one asked how she was. They never do. So no-one knows It was her fortieth birthday too. No-one knew that either, the usual routine Even if she did say, no one would care she…
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