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

Declarations of Love
Monday, 27 June 2022 09:54

Declarations of Love

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This collection of beautifully illustrated love poems ranges from protesting the inequities and cruelties of our fragmenting world to delight in the variety and beauty of creation, and from a fierce compassion for the 'cry of the poor' to tender recollections of family and friends. These poems evince a radical…
To the Lukewarm
Monday, 27 June 2022 08:33

To the Lukewarm

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To the Lukewarm 'So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth'.- Revelation 3:16 by Christopher Norris, with image by Martin Gollan Let hate, like love, burn steady, fierce and clean.No time for cooling passions – keep your flameTurned up, spot…
The spectacle of refugees
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Sunday, 26 June 2022 07:48

The spectacle of refugees

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The Spectacle of Refugees is a bilingual tanka (5-7-5-7-7 syllables) by Gabriel Rosenstock in response to artwork (above) by Banksy, Refugee Boat (2015) ón talamh slán seobreathnaímid ar na teifightáimid sábháilte féach! chomh tirim le coirt crainn cuilithín nó dhó comhbhá from terra firmawe watch the refugee boatswe're safe in…
Have a Joycesome Bloomsday!
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Thursday, 16 June 2022 09:30

Have a Joycesome Bloomsday!

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Bloomsday 2022 by David Betteridge, with image by William Murphy Dear language-king,you crafted sovereign treasuresthat we glutton readers crave.Dire digger in the rib of too-too-solid, sullied flesh,thanks for the blessings and the blissyour mintings gave.Unflaggingly, your Yes-wellsspring. Wharnow are alle your brainbairns, say?Not gone to Kingdoom come, thank Gud!think Gutenberg!…
Anti-war, anti-capitalist and anti-colonial: 'Ecstatic', by Kevin Higgins
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Wednesday, 15 June 2022 19:55

Anti-war, anti-capitalist and anti-colonial: 'Ecstatic', by Kevin Higgins

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Kevin Higgins’ sixth poetry collection under the sardonic title “Ecstatic” starts with a dedication to the recently married Julian and Stella Assange, and this initial gesture is a perfect set-up for the poetic world we are about to enter. Prepare to be disillusioned, experience embarrassment for your government, mourn the…
queeny land / ’er indoors
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Friday, 10 June 2022 10:28

queeny land / ’er indoors

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queeny land / ’er indoors by Fran Lock i coined us a country. ’er indoors is a branked scold crowned at the kirk, hands in the hingedpillory of power, confession’sfork between breast and neck.’er indoors is milking a shrew’sfiddle into music. smiles as ’erwrithes, is kitsching the gildedfreight of flame,…
Levelling Up
Wednesday, 08 June 2022 21:20

Levelling Up

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Levelling Up by Jenny Mitchell, with image by Martin Gollan They will not show this on the evening news – our mother kneeling down at Number Ten – a place of work and routine bacchanals – to scrub red wine stains from the office carpet.As vomit hits the wall above…
The Holding Pen
Wednesday, 08 June 2022 11:11

The Holding Pen

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The Holding Pen by Rita Ann Higgins When did we becomeso filled with anxiety and fearat the prospect of a holiday in the sunor a visit to friends abroad? It’s your fault if you’re earlyit’s your fault if you’re lateit’s your fault if you’re old Its written on your boarding…
Jubilee Bunting
Sunday, 05 June 2022 22:18

Jubilee Bunting

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Jubilee Bunting by Alan Morrison No more hoarding tissues, toilet paper, wipes,Now the nation's bingeing on jubilee bunting,Festoons of little triangles, red, blue, white,Or streams of miniature Union Jacks hatchingOut on every street, like riotous blooms,Or giant Jacks hanging as banners haranguingFrom every angle, draped butcher's aprons Bruised and bloodied…
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