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

Is
Wednesday, 19 January 2022 12:40

Is

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Is by Kevin Higgins It depends what the meaning of “is” is,which depends what the meaning of “isn’t” is,which depends what you mean by “my hand”,which depends what I mean by not “around her waist”. It depends on the meaning of “know”,which depends on the meaning of “don’t”,which depends on…
Echoing the Arch: In Memory of Desmond Tutu
Monday, 17 January 2022 10:49

Echoing the Arch: In Memory of Desmond Tutu

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Echoing the ArchIn memory of Desmond Tutu (1931 – 2021) by David Betteridge He was portrayed as a dancing man,and one given to laughter,but he marched as often as he danced,and he wept. He marched at risk of his lifefor justice and for peace.He wept at their denial,and their breach.…
Two new poems by Fred Voss
Saturday, 15 January 2022 14:28

Two new poems by Fred Voss

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Under Their Sweaty Wings by Fred Voss I have had many fathers between tin wallsonewho told me to lay a crescent wrench across the jaws of a viceif I left the vice untightened at the end of the workdayso I wouldn’t forget it was loose the next morning and drop…
Callout: A Fish Rots From the Head
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Saturday, 15 January 2022 12:04

Callout: A Fish Rots From the Head

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This is a callout for a quickfire anthology, to be called “A Fish Rots from the Head”. It will be published online later this month by Culture Matters. We're open for submissions of verse, prose and images satirizing not only Partygate but the entire cesspit of misconduct that has been…
Christmas Poetry Round Up
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Sunday, 26 December 2021 11:24

Christmas Poetry Round Up

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This quarter's round-up comes with seasonal solidarity and very best wishes to all our readers. It also comes rather belatedly. I have to admit that I have struggled to choose the books I would include in this selection. Not through lack of choice, but because 2021 afforded such an embarrassment…
Nadir: Poems about migrant children
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Sunday, 26 December 2021 10:08

Nadir: Poems about migrant children

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3 poems from ‘Nadir’ by Laura Fusco translated by Caroline Maldonado: The following poems are taken from a forthcoming collection, Nadir by Laura Fusco, the sequel to Liminal (Smokestack Books 2020) which was a recipient of the PEN (UK) Translates Award 2019. The first collection powerfully represented the experiences of…
Sex on Toast
Thursday, 23 December 2021 14:51

Sex on Toast

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Alun Rees reviews Sex on Toast, Selected Poems by Tôpher Mills (Parthian, £10) What to say of this astonishment of a book? How to encapsulate it in a few paragraphs of analysis? Can't be done. All you can do is hang on to your hat and enjoy the ride, then…
Thomas Kinsella, 4 May 1928 – 22 December 2021
Wednesday, 22 December 2021 22:20

Thomas Kinsella, 4 May 1928 – 22 December 2021

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Thomas Kinsella has died, aged 93. He must be counted among the great Irish poets of the 20th and 21st centuries. He was very involved in uncovering the power of Irish language verse, translating into English the epic The Táin (The Cattle Raid of Cooley), and the verse collection 1600-1900:…
Keeping an eye on those in power
Monday, 20 December 2021 17:28

Keeping an eye on those in power

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The Poem by Niels Hav, translated by Heather Spears Don’t you put the poemin a headlock – You are under arrest! The poem won’t obey orders. The poem doesn’t do well in isolation cells.The poem rambles around the suburbsrummages through other people’s trashit packs a gun. The poem distrusts the…
Britain in 2021
Monday, 20 December 2021 10:55

Britain in 2021

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Britain in 2021after Shelley’s ‘England in 1819’ by Rip Bulkeley An old, bad, foolish and decaying state,Riddled with racism from empire’s core;Maltreated refugees, war’s graduates,Drowning to reach inhospitable shores;Food banks crowded with families desperateFrom poverty; inflation set to roar;Help services undermined by private cashWhile decimated by the plague’s full brunt;Women…
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