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

Free the peas!
Friday, 22 February 2019 16:29

where we got the importance of peas from

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where we got the importance of peas from by Martin Hayes there have always been jobs ever since we were able to stand upand grew handsthings to clean things to cook things to count things to watchthings to tie up like shoes and birthday presentsthings to ironlike shirts and petticoats…
In praise of strangeness
Thursday, 21 February 2019 10:37

In praise of strangeness

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Fran Lock writes in praise of a working-class poetics that revels in richness and strangeness, and includes a strange and rich poem taken from her forthcoming collection with Culture Matters, In Need of Saints. For women, then, poetry is not a luxury. It is a vital necessity of our existence.…
Shayari: the progressive power of Urdu poetry
Thursday, 24 January 2019 10:18

Shayari: the progressive power of Urdu poetry

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Shayari by Christopher Norris In a Delhi hockey stadium in December, about 100,000 people of various ages, genders, and classes flooded in for two days of poetry, debates, food and calligraphy sessions. It was Jashn-e-Rekhta, a three-day Urdu cultural festival, and its popularity reflects a wider appreciation for Urdu poetry.…
Portrait of Robert Burns (after Skirving)
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Tuesday, 22 January 2019 20:01

Robert Burns the Democrat

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Download PDF Norrie Paton introduces this well-known pamphlet by J. R. Campbell, Robert Burns: The Democrat, which was first published in 1945, and has now been republished by the Communist Party of Britain. It is available above as a free downloadable pdf, with the permission of the CPB. I was…
It's a new morning
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Wednesday, 05 December 2018 17:27

It's a new morning

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It’s a new morning by Marilyn Francis It’s a new morningpay attentionto the pig’s headand its mouthful of fleshpay attentionto the workersin stolen trainersand nowhere to run. It’s a new morningover fieldsover orchardsand broke-back pickerspicking for next-to-nothingpay attentionto the babyripping up booksin his cot. It’s a new morningover Gotham Citya…
Imagine
Wednesday, 05 December 2018 22:20

Imagine

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Imagine by Marilyn Francis From St George’s Hillit’s only fifteen minutes by carto the nearest Food Bank.Walking, it’s an hour, or sovia three golf coursesand private roads. A Brotherhood of Man On April Fool’s Day, 1649,the Diggers came, not to turn the world upsidedown,but to cultivate the wasteland, and the…
National Poetry Day: you ask us why we fight
Thursday, 04 October 2018 09:46

National Poetry Day: you ask us why we fight

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you ask us why we fight by Fran Lock you can make an inkblot of your nosebleed if you want to. talk and tsk and suckyour teeth. conspiracy and crucible, and last of all is cliché: fighting irish. Tell mehow my fist offends propriety, then name me one good thing…
National Poetry Day: Symptomatic
Thursday, 04 October 2018 08:51

National Poetry Day: Symptomatic

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Symptomatic by Edward Mackinnon The crisis consists precisely in the fact that the old is dying and the new cannot be born; in this interregnum a great variety of morbid symptoms appear.- Antonio Gramsci, Prison Notebooks I have watched the wars being re-run nightly,become humane, democretinisationgoing forward, going global, light…
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