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

Gaza Stripped
Saturday, 15 May 2021 12:41

Gaza Stripped

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Gaza Stripped by David Erdos War is raw in reverse, which is the state of foul play in Gaza.Now, more than ever is the wrath of God reinvoked. As thoseOnce chosen now choose to persecute their close neighboursIn methods as lethal as the holocaust’s harsh killing joke. For a joke…
The Guinea Stamp and To Boris
Saturday, 15 May 2021 12:05

The Guinea Stamp and To Boris

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The Guinea’s Stamp by Alan Sleater The sea shimmers gently roon the rocksO Ailsa Craig; the seagull mocksThe throbbin o ma heid; the milesTae Galloway will cure awhilesThe worst o’t. The clear air maksMair pure the man collectin tax. For which labour I’m paid gey weel,But it’s nae a compact…
Western Christian Civilisation
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Friday, 14 May 2021 15:23

Western Christian Civilisation

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A tanka poem, in Irish and English (5-7-5-7-7 syllables) by Gabriel Rosenstock, written in response to Western Christian Civilization (1965) an installation by Leon Ferrari (above) ár gcogaí, a chuid'tá in ainm an Atharan Mhic is an Naomhspioraid cogaí síoraí 'tá iontu á bhfearadh ina ainm our wars, Belovedin the…
The Brown Envelope Ebook and Book
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Tuesday, 11 May 2021 07:38

The Brown Envelope Ebook and Book

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The Brown Envelope Ebook is now available for orders here, and the book is available for orders here. It is published by Caparison in association with Culture Matters and Don't Go Breaking Our Arts. The poems have been selected and edited by Alan Morrison and Kate Jay-R, with a Foreword…
In future we will turn the guns on you
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Monday, 10 May 2021 14:55

In future we will turn the guns on you

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Jenny Farrell marks the 150th anniversary of the Paris Commune As we mark the 150th anniversary of the French proletariat’s heroic first bid to set up La Commune in Paris, let us examine Brecht’s interpretation of this great event in his play “The Days of the Commune”. The Commune broke…
Goodbye Andy Capp
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Friday, 07 May 2021 13:13

Goodbye Andy Capp

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Goodbye Andy Capp by Jim Aitken, illustrated by the statue in Hartlepool Andy, oh Andy, what have you done?This is definitely your lowest yet.Though you were caricature combinedwith stereotype, you were still ours.You were one of our own and all yourstupid antics served only to entertainthe Blue Bunch who saw…
Tuesday, 04 May 2021 16:21

The Boy in the Subway

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The Boy in the Subway by Tony Webb I met my wife for breakfast.Futile negotiationsin the bookshop café at the Dylan Thomas Centre.A peaceful haven amongst books and old pictures. I ordered hot chocolate, knowing this would bother her.The cream on my lips and other parts of my facewere bound…
Deals done
Sunday, 02 May 2021 11:29

Deals done

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Deals Done by Sally Flint The amount the government has to spend on state pensions will fall by £1.5bn by 2022, partly because of over-65s dying of Covid, forecasts suggest. The government will also receive an extra £0.9bn from inheritance tax - www.bbc.co.uk/news/business 3 March 2021 Boris Johnson’s ‘chumocracy’ is…
May Day 2021: Defence and Rights
Saturday, 01 May 2021 09:15

May Day 2021: Defence and Rights

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Defence and Rights by David Betteridge ... we have come here in the cause of Labour,in its own defence, to demand its own rights... - Eleanor Marx, speech on the first May Dayheld in Hyde Park, London, 1890 Mayday. Mayday. Mayday. Two syllables, thrice.Whoever hears this call understands Distress,and knows…
May Day 2021: Star-Spangled Purple Bandana General
Sunday, 25 April 2021 08:36

May Day 2021: Star-Spangled Purple Bandana General

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Star-spangled Purple Bandana General by Fred Voss When I first stepped up to a machine after gettingmy union cardI joined a ring of men and women locking hands in a circlespanning the globean armywith wrenches and hammers and steel-toed shoes and hardhats and tape measuresinstead of gunsan army standing so…
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