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

Grenfell Day
Thursday, 14 June 2018 08:22

Grenfell Day

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It's a year since Grenfell Tower in west London was destroyed by a fire that killed 72 people. Grenfell Day by Rip Bulkeley Like any and every other daythis one was filled with happiness,with loss and crime and ice-cream vans,with lovers' confessions and catastrophes,with hopeless refugees, with foolishness and failures,with…
King Lear and the Fool in the Storm by William Dyce
Wednesday, 13 June 2018 16:32

Tragedy: a caution from Brecht

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Tragedy: a caution from Brecht by Chris Norris Our representations of human social life are designed for river-dwellers, fruit farmers, builders of vehicles and up-turners of society, whom we invite into our theatres and beg not to forget their cheerful occupations while we hand the world over to their minds…
Don't Stop Repealing
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Monday, 28 May 2018 18:25

Don't Stop Repealing

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Don’t Stop Repealing after Journey by Kevin Higgins In the interests of the coming equality,of which everyone is now theoretically in favour, the mahogany dining tables of Taylors’ Hillmust be immediately confiscated; the wood usedto fashion a makeshift grand pianofor every asylum seeker child in the city. All marble staircases will…
To My Wife, from an Israeli Gaol
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Monday, 21 May 2018 09:12

To My Wife, from an Israeli Gaol

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To My Wife, from an Israeli Gaol by Chris Norris 'She kept saying: “You have to go. You have to go”', recalled one aunt, Ahlam, 30. ‘She was the most dedicated of all of us.’ Wesal, 14, was shot dead on Monday, one of more than 60 people killed as…
Let Me Tell You About Them
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Saturday, 19 May 2018 16:59

Let Me Tell You About Them

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Let Me Tell You About Them by Kevin Higgins The teenagers we shot yesterdaywere shot responsibly through the eyewith plain-speaking dum-dum bullets, manufactured in Fife, or taken down with SR 25 sniper rifles flownheroically in from Orange County.Many of these so-called protestorsspecifically arranged to be shot in the back, just…
Poets, jump the class divide! Dark Times Revisited
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Tuesday, 15 May 2018 10:30

Poets, jump the class divide! Dark Times Revisited

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Image: Côr Cochion Caerdydd (Cardiff Reds Choir), have raised their voices in song, campaigning for peace, freedom and justice. Dark Times Revisited by Chris Norris Oh why do we not say the important things, it would be so easy, and we are damned because we do not. - Bertolt Brecht, ‘Song About…
Dirty word
Monday, 14 May 2018 13:42

Dirty word

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On  Friday 25th May, Irish citizens will vote in a referendum on abortion rights. Dirty Word by Susan Millar DuMars The first three fourths are fine.The listening ear of cthe deep bowl of ucurved bridge n; but thenthe tiny crucifix at tail end tips usaway from rounded lipsto a sound…
Windrush: a reckoning
Wednesday, 09 May 2018 21:22

Windrush: a reckoning

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Windrush: a reckoning  by Chris Norris  On 18 October 2017, Wilson was detained at the Wolverhampton Home Office reporting centre where she had been reporting on a fortnightly basis since August 2015. She was put in a vehicle that reminded her of a ‘meat van’, because it had no windows,…
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