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

William Blake at the Bridge Hotel: Ten Newcastle Poets
Tuesday, 05 October 2021 10:03

William Blake at the Bridge Hotel: Ten Newcastle Poets

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This new poetry anthology, sponsored and supported by Unison Newcastle City branch and Newcastle Trades Union Council, is edited and introduced by Paul Summers and illustrated with photographs by Dan Douglas. Newcastle, like most cities, has never been short of poetic representations. From the popular gin-house Victorian bards and songsmiths…
How to fast in Ramadan
Monday, 04 October 2021 12:26

How to fast in Ramadan

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How to fast in Ramadan by Catherine Harkness Relocate one Iraqi familyfrom London ona Friday afternoon. Ensure all services are closed,and no friends or family live nearby. Add a Serco flat above a laundrette, with a broken bicycle on the balcony,and dog poo on the stairs. Remember that asylum seekersget…
Capitalism is working
Thursday, 30 September 2021 08:23

Capitalism is working

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Capitalism is working by Mike Jenkins We’re running out of petrolOn the road to oblivion. Food or heat the choiceFor many who are struggling. The sea and the riversHave become our enemies. Thatcher hacked identitiesMany years ago. Talk about North KoreaAs TV fawns over monarchy. We’re paying for vanity railwayAs…
The Cry of the Poor
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Monday, 20 September 2021 09:33

The Cry of the Poor

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Culture Matters is proud to announce the publication and launch of The Cry of the Poor: An Anthology of Radical Writing About Poverty, selected and edited by Fran Lock. Featuring poetry, short stories, life-writing, essays and art by over one hundred contributors from around the world, this ambitious anthology asks…
A Just Transition for Workers
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Sunday, 12 September 2021 10:07

A Just Transition for Workers

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A Just Transition for Workers by Mick Drury ‘Get a job you wankers’ shouts the irate fist passing in his 4x4.Others wave and blow their horns. Outside the petro plant for eleven hours now,it’s been cold and wet.The workers come and go,and most don't want to know. The press have…
Anthropocaust
Monday, 06 September 2021 10:12

Anthropocaust

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Anthropocaust by Rip Bulkeley Cassandra never smiled. Devastation,though future for others, was her constantreality. En route to the death campspeople were still together, had luggage,and could try to look forward. Even afterbeing stripped and selected, there mayhave been distractions, conversation;but oven fodder did not smile. Our delusions are the disgracefulmystery…
Monday, 06 September 2021 09:37

My body is not your soapbox

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My body is not your soapbox by Cheryl Vail you are not the arbiter of my curve appealthe constable ticketing the lack of a gap between thighsor the angle of sharp elbows my orifices are not your sink holesyou’re not the border agent stationed at my labia you’re not the…
The Neo-colonialist Dreams
Sunday, 29 August 2021 21:42

The Neo-colonialist Dreams

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The Neo-colonialist Dreams by Kevin Higgins Of moving the horn of Africa to the same time zone as Wisconsin. Of teaching Somalishow to properly appreciate cheese.Of surgeons named Nathaniel or Chadoffering the women of Kandaharthe right to choose for themselvesa different face for every occasion. The inalienable right to drive…
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