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

National Poetry Day: Justice and Peace
Tuesday, 26 September 2017 15:38

National Poetry Day: Justice and Peace

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Justice and Peace by Alan Dunnett Then I killed him. It was appropriate.Then his sister hired some men who shot my brother when they could not find me. Chestdown, he was paralysed. Following that, my sister-in-law spoke to her brothersand they took revenge but two of them died. Then it…
Plagiarism and the Privatisation of Poetry
Tuesday, 12 September 2017 15:49

Plagiarism and the Privatisation of Poetry

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The Guardian recently ran an article on plagiarism in poetry by Will Storr. Andy Croft, author of two very widely read and influential articles on Culture Matters, The Privatisation of Poetry and Poetry Belongs to Everyone, was interviewed at what was called 'an anarchist bookfair' (actually London's Radical Bookfair). It is very tempting to reduce these issues to…
Roar!
Wednesday, 06 September 2017 08:31

Roar!

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Roar! by Martin Hayes as we allocated out the thousands of jobstrying to keep it safe and tidyso that we could protect our minds and dignityfrom the supervisors who would come out every time they caught us fucking upand try to strip it all awayby screaming and shouting at us…
Bring the Rising Home!
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Monday, 04 September 2017 20:10

Bring the Rising Home!

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Owen Gallagher introduces Mike Jenkins's latest poetry collection. Mike Jenkins is a politically active poet of the street, the estate and the countryside. He is also known among Cardiff City Football Club fans as their ‘unofficial poet’. He writes prophetically on behalf of the oppressed in towns and valleys, not…
The Trouble with Monsters
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Saturday, 02 September 2017 12:55

The Trouble with Monsters

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The Trouble with Monsters by Chris Norris Quick way with monsters: send a hero outFor mortal combat: sometimes he'll prevailAnd kill the beast, while other times he'll failAnd it will be his death that ends the bout. The point is, those old poets had it right,Those Greeks, and Romans, and…
Grenfell: for the victims
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Saturday, 26 August 2017 15:38

Grenfell: for the victims

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Author's Note: Joyce Grenfell (1910-1979) was a British actor, singer and stage entertainer who specialised in comic monologues and achieved huge popularity in the decades following World War Two. Among her best-known imaginary monologue-speakers was a teacher of very young children, among them George who was more than once asked…
Pardon
Wednesday, 02 August 2017 06:00

Pardon

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Pardon by Sheree Mack The story of Sarah Baartman is the story of the African people....It is the story of the loss of our ancient freedom...(and) of our reduction to the state of objects who could be owned, used and discarded by others - Thabo Mbeki, 2002. Pardon I human is…
The Peterloo Massacre
Wednesday, 26 July 2017 06:00

More than ‘Rise like lions’: Shelley beyond The Mask of Anarchy

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Mike Sanders writes about Shelley 'the Chartist poet' as a catalyst for working class creativity, how he envisioned a communist society, and how the privileged classes refused to hear the revolutionary meanings of his poems. One of the unexpected features of the recent General Election campaign was the ‘co-opting’ of…
Aftersong
Friday, 21 July 2017 18:01

Aftersong

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After-Song by Robert Farrell One hears and moves toward it. One moves, but is Not in it, what does not Keep but flowers forth. We aren’t it. It is What lets the sky appear, The sunrise rise to site a circle in Hills whose rocks refuse toRecognize themselves in us.…
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