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

Christmas 2020. It’s all about the loved ones
Sunday, 20 December 2020 10:17

Christmas 2020. It’s all about the loved ones

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Christmas 2020. It’s all about the loved ones by Annie McCrae but what about the sick onesthe bullied onesthe just about surviving onesthe unemployed onesthe struggling onesthe can’t cope any longer ones? And what about the lonely onesthe grieving onesthe drowning onesthe exploited onesthe abused onesthe trapped can’t leave ones?…
A Mayan Christmas
Saturday, 12 December 2020 09:28

A Mayan Christmas

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A Mayan Christmas by Rip Bulkeley Fuck Easter, with just two pathetic deathswhile the third one's Dad fixes an escape.We haven't really done the hecatomb thingsince Nagasaki. Meanwhile the well-fed godsof Mesopotamia and Cambodia have beensneering at us. All right – Vietnam, Iraq,Afghanistan and that piddling Belgrano,but the truest slaughter…
Amnesia of the Asylum-seeker
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Friday, 04 December 2020 14:35

Amnesia of the Asylum-seeker

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Amnesia of the Asylum-seeker by Leah Fleetwood Who we were back then, it’s hard to recall:lawyers, actors, fruit-sellers at a stall;street-singers, clerics, or newssheet writers?How were we seen – kowtowers or fighters?Your need to process us is fair and no surprise – to thresh the facts from what you think…
2020
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Thursday, 03 December 2020 14:57

2020

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2020 by Tom Hubbard Cardboard covers the flesh in a smitten street,While, immunised from sudden empathy,Flesh covers pasteboard as high chancers greetDank festivals of mediocrity.Their very bodies crust into a mask,And those who hark at them are marionettesOf paper that absorbs, who scarce will ask,And take no thought for future…
See what life is like: an interview with Dorothy Spencer
Thursday, 26 November 2020 10:45

See what life is like: an interview with Dorothy Spencer

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Fran Lock interviews Dorothy Spencer, an editor at Lumpen journal, writer, poet and mental health worker. Her first collection, See What Life is Like was published by Lumpen this year. Her writing explores everyday tragedies; addiction, love, loneliness, and the absurd banality of late consumer capitalism. Hi Dorothy, and thanks…
Naked under 10,000-watt lightbulbs
Wednesday, 25 November 2020 09:50

Naked under 10,000-watt lightbulbs

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Naked under 10,000-watt lightbulbs by Fred Voss We machinistsare lucky to have our machinesmachine handles we can grab when we are lonely green steel machine sides we can hide behind when we feel guilty or ashamedsteel machine tables we can drop 100-pound machinist vises onto and green steel machine headswe…
Prime Minister's Questions
Friday, 20 November 2020 15:50

Prime Minister's Questions

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Prime Minister’s Questions by Rob Walton, with image by Martin Gollan Are there any other countries you’d like to break?If you grow it out a bit, would you like me to cut it into a bob?Do you miss the good old days of racist newspaper columns?Is the dandruff cultivated to…
What is Present: History, by John Berger
Tuesday, 17 November 2020 10:29

What is Present: History, by John Berger

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David Betteridge writes about the poem 'History' What interests me about the existence of archives is that you enter the past which is as it were in the present tense. And so it’s another way of people who lived in the past who perhaps are still living or perhaps are…
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