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

Planet Earth is Blue
Tuesday, 20 July 2021 12:34

Planet Earth is Blue

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Planet Earth is Blue by Sally Flint Maybe after the super-rich witness our world at a distance they will stop flying high, want to rectify the part they've played in a planet's destruction, reconsider 'life-time ambitions'. Maybe, from the edge of space, they'll question the green patches left of a…
I keep forgetting that I live in London
Tuesday, 20 July 2021 10:51

I keep forgetting that I live in London

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I keep forgetting that I live in London by Robert Yates the clientele abusing the computers in the library consist of:hyperactive schoolkids for whom this is a social centreonce in a green moon they are asked to be quieta dotty old bat who can’t enter data without mutteringa convulsant jerk…
AM
Tuesday, 13 July 2021 19:45

AM

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AM by Gabriel Rosenstock TáTá séTá sé inTá sé in amTá sé in am rudTá sé in am rud éiginTá sé in am rud éigin aTá sé in am rud éigin a dhéanamhTá sé in am rud éigin a dhéanamh anois TIME ItIt isIt is timeIt is time toIt is…
Bread and Roses Poetry Award 2021: The winners!
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Monday, 12 July 2021 08:36

Bread and Roses Poetry Award 2021: The winners!

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The judges, Andy Croft of Smokestack Books and Mary Sayer from Unite, have picked the following five winners for 2021: Have Mercy on the Multi-Drop Man by Eamonn Harvey They Want All Our Teeth to be Theirs by Martin Hayes The Apple Tree by Alan Sleater Spray Carnations by Steven…
Apricot Sun
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Monday, 12 July 2021 08:09

Apricot Sun

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Trisha Heaney’s poems are sincere, authentic and true. Her polemical pieces show no pity for the pitiless, combining outrage and insight, but the political is often potently personal, whether the focus is on the communitarian solidarity experienced growing up on a Glasgow housing scheme, or on the sense of belonging…
Summer Poetry Round-Up
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Friday, 09 July 2021 16:27

Summer Poetry Round-Up

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Fran Lock reviews some recent poetry collections Ox, by Martin Hayes (Knives Forks And Spoons Press) It has been written elsewhere that Ox marks something of a departure for Martin Hayes, who is perhaps best known as an outspoken poetic witness to the multiple indignities and oppressions of our cruel…
The Treaty
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Friday, 09 July 2021 09:17

The Treaty

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The Treaty by Kevin Higgins Having failed to crush, flatten,or close our borders against it,there is talk of negotiations. King Virus comes to the table wearing a crown of spikesthat fans out to fill the whole roomand can’t be removedexcept on the day of its state funeral,for which – item…
Poems from Prison and Life
Tuesday, 06 July 2021 13:07

Poems from Prison and Life

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Gabriel Rosenstock reviews Poems from Prison and Life by the Spanish Communist poet Marcos Ana, (1920 - 2016) translated by David Duncombe and published by Smokestack Books, and presents a version in Irish of one of the poems This book fills one with hope and despair. Hope comes from the…
Unsuitability
Tuesday, 29 June 2021 11:03

Unsuitability

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Unsuitability by Edward Mackinnon There’s a suit that hangs in a wardrobeAnd used to be worn in courtWith a wig and a gown made of silk,All of the forensic sort. Crafted from a lightweight fabric,Plain-woven and wrinkle-prone,Fit for a judge’s funeral,Patternless and monotone. The lining might be syntheticThough that can’t…
Visibility and Voice: C+nto, by Joelle Taylor 
Tuesday, 29 June 2021 07:53

Visibility and Voice: C+nto, by Joelle Taylor 

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Fran Lock reviews C+nto, by Joelle Taylor When I talk about Joelle Taylor as a “wordsmith” I do not choose the epithet idly. Having read with Taylor numerous times, I have been fortunate enough to hear several of the poems in C+nto during the formative phases of their development, and…
the policeman knows
Tuesday, 29 June 2021 07:41

the policeman knows

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the policeman knows by Fran Lock Romany man dies after being knelt on by Czech police - Guardian, 24 June a killing is called for. your romany manfor a frankenstein. tomáš, a necessaryneck. you inhabit the holes in his eyesforever, your fine mouths boarded up,your deaths both cheap and pure.…
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