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

CETA!
Monday, 08 February 2021 09:53

CETA!

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CETA! The EU-Canada Free Trade Agreement by Pete Mullineaux Oh did you see, wasn’t it only gorgeous! The Government’s new baby, born out of dream wedlock, the ménage à trois – and there’s a whisperCanada had something to do with it too – oh it’s all free love now, no…
Callout: The Cry of the Poor
Monday, 01 February 2021 20:50

Callout: The Cry of the Poor

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Fran Lock issues a callout for a new poetry anthology, The Cry of the Poor As some of you will know, Culture Matters is a co-operative of writers, artists and activists, involved in our various ways with developing a 'broad left' cultural struggle for a better society. We’ve been going…
Callout: the Bread and Roses Poetry Award 2021
Monday, 01 February 2021 20:44

Callout: the Bread and Roses Poetry Award 2021

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Mike Quille issues a callout for this years's Bread and Roses Poetry Award Culture Matters is pleased to announce that the fifth Bread and Roses Poetry Award, kindly sponsored by Unite the Union, is now open for entries. Our mission is to promote cultural democracy in all the arts and…
The Beautiful Homes of Ealing
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Friday, 29 January 2021 09:50

The Beautiful Homes of Ealing

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The Beautiful Homes of Ealing by Christian Ward Suburban houses smirked at my school uniform thinner than watered down soup;laughed at a hand-me-down blazer and shoes on the verge of springing open like a cartoon can. Peering into them, I saw familieswho never had poverty follow them like an unwanted…
Government press office, 26th Jan.
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Wednesday, 27 January 2021 15:54

Government press office, 26th Jan.

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Government press office, 26th Jan. by Steve Pottinger Here’s the way to spin it, boss.Go out there, look glum,say you take responsibility.Don’t mention Dido, Dad, or Domfor God’s sake. Steer clear, too,of remembering the time you saidthat a good outcome at the end of thiswould be 20,000 dead. That’s history.…
School Trip
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Sunday, 24 January 2021 12:41

School Trip

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School Trip by Ceinwen Haydon, with image by Steev Burgess Mam can I go please can I go please all my friends are another note from school her heart sinks makes her thinkwhat's the point – her wee girl's face aglow with hopestill too young to know their life's constrained…
Live from the One Planet Summit
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Thursday, 21 January 2021 11:23

Live from the One Planet Summit

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LIVE from #OnePlanetSummit in Paris, 11/1/2021 by Greta Thunberg Bla bla natureBla bla importantBla bla ambitiousBla bla green investmentsBla bla great opportunityBla bla green growthBla bla net zeroBla bla step up our gameBla bla hopeBla bla bla...* *locking in decades of further destruction
Two poems
Monday, 18 January 2021 15:59

Two poems

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The Count by Caroline Maldonado First imagine Self in a shut room the curtainpulled tight When he comes for you again your heart like a trapped flycrashes against the panes You don’t cry Drawing the curtains open you see in every other window along the street the blinds are downHe…
Blooding
Wednesday, 13 January 2021 14:56

Blooding

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Blooding by Rebecca Lowe 'After the first, it becomes easier,'The cold, wild-eyed stare of the deer,A crazy fish-eye lens looking backwardsthrough terror - you shiver,You are only twelve years oldand know what's coming, You've seen it before,A fistful of blood on your face,Still warm, from the dead beast,The violence of…
Cheap flights, cheap hands, cheap lives
Wednesday, 13 January 2021 12:27

Cheap flights, cheap hands, cheap lives

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Cheap flights, cheap hands, cheap lives by Antoniy T. Georgiev They pour into the WestCheap flights, cheap hands, cheap livesThey wear the paint of the oppressorsYet share the faith of the oppressedTheir fathers and mothers were once told They were building socialismNow they are toldTo pick asparagus and berriesSort parcels…
The Masks of Anarchy
Monday, 11 January 2021 09:08

The Masks of Anarchy

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The Masks of Anarchy by Barry Smith The song of the Thames-side boatmenAs they sail the ship of stateRings out across the choppy watersWhile the winds of pestilence blowRow, boys, row! The helmsman stands at the rudderSurveying his motley crewTousled blond hair all askewGive it all you’ve got, boysRow, boys,…
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