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

Review: One of These Dead Places, by Jane Burn
Thursday, 19 September 2019 15:05

Review: One of These Dead Places, by Jane Burn

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Michael Jarvie reviews One of These Dead Places by Jane Burn Jane Burn has forged her characteristic poetical voice in what can only be described as the most difficult of circumstances. In fact, it is all voice, an expressive working-class woman’s voice, at times roused to anger by the injustices…
Revolution
Wednesday, 04 September 2019 10:05

Revolution

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Revolution by Sally Flint Top of Google it's a wine bar, a game,a make-up range. I recall science lessons ‒to rotate, twirl, circuit, cycle, orbit.It's the Earth spinning around the sun. On the screen the little circle rollsover the Thatcher era and a miners' revolt. It's an instance of sudden…
arise!
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Saturday, 13 July 2019 17:15

arise!

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arise! is a poem by Paul Summers, published to celebrate the rich history and traditions of the Durham Miners’ Gala and the resurgent spirit of socialism in the Labour Party under Jeremy Corbyn. We want to make a film of the poem for the labour movement, and we need to…
£77 per hour
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Monday, 24 June 2019 10:27

£77 per hour

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£77 per hour by Becky Bone nine thousand two hundred and fifty9250pounds per year (1 year = 20 weeks) four hundred and sixty two pounds and fifty pence per weekdivided by6 hours contact time per week £77 per hour I was pretty good at maths natural like got a C…
Christ is a communist and God is a miner: ‘The Sair Road’ by William Hershaw
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Friday, 31 May 2019 16:03

Christ is a communist and God is a miner: ‘The Sair Road’ by William Hershaw

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Jim Aitken reviews The Sair Road, by Willie Hershaw. The header image and all others in this review are by Les McConnell, the illustrator Far from creating any ‘gude and godlie’ kingdom in Scotland as a result of the Reformation there in 1560, by the time of Robert Burns (1759-96)…
Green Shadows
Wednesday, 15 May 2019 16:20

Green Shadows

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Green Shadows by William Hershaw Poor old Johnny Clare!Driven mad by Society, protected by Poetry,Flapping like an owl, daftman on the roadBetween London and The Bluebell Inn.You’d grown up with the birdsAnd knew their language off pat.Even in the asylum of ageThe Corncrake and Ring OuzelWere bringing you news:How Keats…
This poem has a title
Tuesday, 14 May 2019 10:40

This poem has a title

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This Poem has a Title by Lisa Kelly This poem must take medication in order to be read at any future event. It has been found that this poem has an unfair natural advantage which makes it stand out at festivals and open mic spots, and streak ahead of its…
helpston
Wednesday, 08 May 2019 09:48

helpston

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helpston by Fran Lock the brazen head has spoken: heat. and now, the summerlifts its loaded pitchforks to the light. the pewit in the dog-whistle of its wings. gardens teem, lecherous and stifled.here, the sly, fermented smiles of youth on bikes. they donot know. this heat, a tight green crouch…
Mobilise the books! A review of Shabbigentile
Wednesday, 01 May 2019 14:47

Mobilise the books! A review of Shabbigentile

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Andy Croft reviews Shabbigentile, by Alan Morrison. There is a long poem in Alan Morrison’s fantastic new collection Shabbigentile (Culture Matters, £9, available here) about the 1930s Left Book Club, invoking the idea of ‘red belles-lettres ringing red bells / Of rebellion’: ‘Now once more books need to be mobilised…
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