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

Lock Me Up!
Saturday, 06 August 2022 17:37

Lock Me Up!

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Lock Me Up by Mike Jenkins Lock me up , Rishi Sunak!I have committed a thought -crime,I am a modern Winston Smith,I call myself Mihangel Morgannwg. Rip me up, Sunak!For I am an extremistWanting out of your beloved UnionWhere we are an afterthought. Report me to Prevent, Sunak!I need to…
Love and Politics: a tanka
Sunday, 31 July 2022 10:06

Love and Politics: a tanka

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Love and Politics: a tanka (Japanese extended haiku-like verse-form: 31 syllables in all; lines of 5, 7, 5, 7, 7 syllables, rhyming ababb) 1 (Love-Poet) Love is life sublime!So say we lovers, crooners,We who’d spend our timeBanging dustbin-lids soon asStrike up with you harsh tuners! Give us the sweet stuff,Love-songs,…
Please Be Advised
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Thursday, 21 July 2022 11:38

Please Be Advised

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Please Be Advised by Helen Bovaird Ryan I’d just like to start this morning by welcoming you one and allTo this wonderful institution Our government, many thanks for making the callto join our brigade of stalwarts, you’ve now boarded the Boris-Rishi-Liz Bus,you’ve made the grade, you’re vetted, you’re now officially…
Seeds from a Sycamore: Tolpuddle Martyrs' Festival 2022:
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Saturday, 16 July 2022 18:44

Seeds from a Sycamore: Tolpuddle Martyrs' Festival 2022:

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Seeds from a Sycamore(The Tolpuddle Martyrs’ Tree) by Owen Gallagher We can’t let that Socialist plant herself outside our factory gate. She is taking root. Each day her ideas tunnel into our footings. Whatever the weather she is out therebrandishing her newspaper. Workers are mouthing about a trade union.Cracks are…
Farewell to a Bullish Boris
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Thursday, 07 July 2022 14:21

Farewell to a Bullish Boris

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Farewell to a Bullish Boris a bilingual limerick by Limerick bilingualist Gabriel Rosenstock We've had more than enough of your bullNow we're all in need of a lull So look for fresh pastures Enough with disastersYou're full of it Johnson! Ff- full! Níl ionatsa, Boris, ach tarbhMagarlán mioscaiseach garbh Mo…
Summer Poetry Round-Up
Thursday, 07 July 2022 07:40

Summer Poetry Round-Up

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Queering the Green: Post-2000 Queer Irish Poetry, ed. Paul Maddern (The Lifeboat Press, 2022) It’s about time somebody undertook the difficult, necessary work of editing a collection of contemporary queer Irish poetry, and I am so glad that The Lifeboat Press accepted this challenge. Queering the Green is a thoughtful…
Do Geezers Go To Heaven: Review of 'Breeze Block' by Jake Hawkey
Thursday, 07 July 2022 07:23

Do Geezers Go To Heaven: Review of 'Breeze Block' by Jake Hawkey

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Breeze Block, the debut collection by Jake Hawkey, confirms Lumpen Press as a serious and exciting poetry publisher. Hawkey's haunting collection is the second in Lumpen's chapbook series, following on from Dorothy Spencer's accomplished and engaging See What Life is Like. Hawkey shares with Spencer a commitment to foregrounding working-class…
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