The Insurrection of Poetry
by Chrys Salt
Poems are on the march.
They are singing
from the rubble of Ground Zero,
the ruins of Damascus and Sarajevo,
the bomb shelters of Amiriyah,
the poisoned bodies of Halabja,
from the mouths of murdered men folk
Poems are growing from their winding sheets
in the mud and trenches
of butchered nature.
Their guns fire white poppies.
Their flags are the colour of rainbow.
Their hands fold paper cranes
under the olive trees.
From the bones of mutilated generations
they grow blossoms of resurrection.
you tyrants, murderers,
fanatics, torturers, liars,
Poems all over the world
A Kist of Thistles is available here. And below is the Youtube video of the virtual launch of the book on July 1st, introduced by Mike Quille and Jim Aitken and with twenty-odd contributors reading their poems.
Jim Aitken is a poet and dramatist living and working in Edinburgh. He is a tutor in Scottish Cultural Studies with Adult Education and he organises literary walks around the city.