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

The Buttering of the Bread
Monday, 16 December 2019 10:38

The Buttering of the Bread

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The Buttering of the Bread by Rob Walton, with image by Martin Gollan Just because I changed to the Toriespeople tell me I don't knowwhich side my bread is butteredwhen in actual factand no word of a liethe smiling Mr Johnsonbuttered both sides. He covered one side in our beloved…
black friday
Saturday, 14 December 2019 09:27

black friday

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black friday by Fran Lock, with unlovable labour by Steev Burgess hours awake, the news beginsits lisping instrumental. incidentalmusic for a hunger strike. the tv'sbland incitements. johnson's mouth,a gimmicked sleeve. dandelionand atomised, we barely breathe.hours awake. cities: slagheapsof a mass extinction. burningdirty crack-rock earth. we areready. for the end times,…
Enough
Friday, 13 December 2019 19:39

Enough

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Enough by Steve Pottinger And so, it comes.That winter morning when you wakeand find that you have had enough. You will give it up, you tell yourself,retreat to the hills, the coast,a cottage, a boat, a hutsome place out on the edge of it all.Anywhere but here. Anything but this.…
Begin again
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Friday, 13 December 2019 18:42

Begin again

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Begin Again(For Jack Merrit) by Chris Nash Breathe in the bitter despair,Now breathe out the freer airAnd join, deep out - deep in This morning, crisp and clear... Yes, it’s true, ice and undeniableThose golden leaves of reasonHave been shaken to earth again,Once again they’ve made us foolsTo believe their…
The Election: Tampering
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Wednesday, 11 December 2019 14:24

The Election: Tampering

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Tampering by Christopher Norris Out of the quarrel with others we make rhetoric; out of the quarrel with ourselves we make poetry. - W.B. Yeats Poetry might be defined as the clear expression of mixed feelings. - W.H. Auden For poetry makes nothing happen: it survivesIn the valley of its…
The election: Violence Decides
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Monday, 09 December 2019 22:04

The election: Violence Decides

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Violence Decides by Peter Raynard Poverty is the worst form of violence. - Gandhi Violence reads the autocue with a lobotomised looka curled lip creased amongst a thicket of words.Violence has a black belt in tunnel vision, whereon various occasions, birthdays, christenings, weddingshe is violence-in-waiting silently, observing the directiondifferent dialectics…
The election: Free for All
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Tuesday, 03 December 2019 19:34

The election: Free for All

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Free for All IM of Doll Warner by Sally Flint Before she turned ten they called her Little Mother. The oldest of eleven siblings, she knew about ailments – how to attach string tight to a doorknob and extract a tooth. She could tempt a TB victim with broth and…
The election: Govesy's Dream
Monday, 02 December 2019 09:39

The election: Govesy's Dream

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Govesy’s Dream -Take control (Aka The Revolution will be Live)dedicated to Gill Scott Heron by Chris Nash, with image by Martin Gollan There’s a Tory on my doorstepAh what you gonna to do?I’m gonna talk that sucker down, I’m gonna talk that sucker roundI’m gonna confront that toryTill he’s red…
The election: the intern
Thursday, 28 November 2019 19:27

The election: the intern

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the intern by Martin Hayes the intern brought in to help the HR departmentorganise the warning letters and counselling session minutes that they leave in big piles on their desks not having the time to tidy them away into the staff’s filesbecause they’re too busy writing up warning letters or…
The election: England in 2019
Wednesday, 27 November 2019 22:34

The election: England in 2019

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England in 2019After Shelley By Alan Morrison A nonagenarian white-gloved QueenGrimaces assent to her sixth cousin twice Removed, now prime minister number fifteenOf her longest reign resigned (but noSigns of resigning) and only the secondTo whom she's related: a recently seenTrend entrenching, another silver-spoonedSprout of nepotism in our erminedDemocracy undermined,…
The election: A Slip of the Tongue
Friday, 22 November 2019 23:05

The election: A Slip of the Tongue

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A Slip of the Tongue by Jim Mainland Forgive me, but I rarely listen to the flagging-ship Today programme these days. However, a nonagenarianacquaintance of mine who ‘takes’, as you chaps say, the hard-right organs The Telegraph, Spectator and Mail – these days your target demographic, it would seem –…
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