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

The Highroad Shrine
Saturday, 19 June 2021 11:15

The Highroad Shrine

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The Highroad Shrine by Ruth Valentine Permit me, this morning, the luxury of despair.The ice has vanished:no skidding cars screeching to take the corner,child in the back crying. No old womanlosing her footing beside the pavement rowan,brushing snow and shame from her coat. The sky is mottled.Crocuses, yellow and mauve,…
A Machine That Talks With Its Cutting Teeth
Saturday, 19 June 2021 11:13

A Machine That Talks With Its Cutting Teeth

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A Machine That Talks With Its Cutting Teeth by Fred Voss There are days when I thank the godsmy machine can’t talkdayswhen Maury on the milling machine near me can’t stop telling mehow glad he is somebody burned down the life guard stationLong Beach painted in those rainbow-hued gay pridecolorsdayswhen…
Why no?
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Friday, 18 June 2021 10:40

Why no?

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Why no? fir Lolly by Jim Mainland A’m tinkin at Voar wid be da ideal time fir dis ‘levellin up’ I keep hearin aboot. Lat’s imagine at dy end da rig is biggit high, it drains weel, da grund is good.But at my end it’s low an weet an fu…
Whit?
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Friday, 18 June 2021 10:36

Whit?

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Whit? by Jim Mainland Na, na, na, na, na, hing on a meenit! Du’s sayin if du gies dem lots a money dey gie dee a lucrative contract or a plum job? Or if du’s related ta da boss he maks dee Loard so-and-soo somethin or idder? An den pits…
This most bloody and divisive prime minister: Margaret Thatcher, exploitation and class struggle
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Friday, 18 June 2021 08:37

This most bloody and divisive prime minister: Margaret Thatcher, exploitation and class struggle

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Fran Lock writes about Thatcher and her legacy. Image above: Steev Burgess Not quite a decade after her death, and already cultural depictions of former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher are everywhere in evidence, most recently in the hit Netflix TV series The Crown, where she is played by Gillian…
let them eat chips
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Friday, 18 June 2021 07:44

let them eat chips

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let them eat chips by Julie Easley common sense is cheap these days - just ask the rich they chuck in their opinion, churn out recipes for freethey say the poor can’t budget ‘cept for fags and booze and huge TV’sthey line up in their taxpayer limos for the latest…
Pain in My Heart
Friday, 18 June 2021 07:39

Pain in My Heart

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Pain in My Heart by Sarah Barrington, with image above by Steev Burgess Before I left for universityMy friend Louisegot work for me, for the summer,At the recycling centre,Accounting in the offices, littered with windswept sheets of wasted paper,Amidst the incessant winking, bleeping, groaning lorries unloading on the weighbridge.In Portakabins,In…
Different Perspectives
Friday, 18 June 2021 07:09

Different Perspectives

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Different Perspectives by Mike Gallagher Different pictures in my Sunday paper:Morant Bay, Jamaica, Seventeen Fifties,in close order a line of black womenfile up a ship's gangway, overladenpanniers of coal balanced on their heads.From an upper deck, a white overseerlooks down on the scene; no doubt, he fumeswhen the woman slips,…
The Cut of those Cold, Sharp Stars
Friday, 18 June 2021 07:06

The Cut of those Cold, Sharp Stars

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The Cut of those Cold, Sharp Stars by Emma Lee I don't think it's to do with temperature.I feel every piece of grit, every puddle, the cold.There won't be a bus for another hour.I'm used to the cold. Used to shiver like a child,but now I don't even dream of…
The Hurdle Race
Thursday, 17 June 2021 08:14

The Hurdle Race

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The Hurdle Race by Paul Francis The Guru says that every kidshould run the same race that he did.He wants lanes narrow, hurdles tall.A course where most contestants fallmay not be sensitive or just;what matters is that it’s robust.So many ways to be assessed -the Guru knows that his is…
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