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

Janis Joplin never belted Southern Comfort and screamed the blues
Friday, 21 August 2020 08:49

Janis Joplin never belted Southern Comfort and screamed the blues

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Janis Joplin never belted Southern Comfort and screamed the blues by Fred Voss “We’ve got to wear these fricking masks!”says our new supervisorto us machinists and de-burrers and shipping clerks and punch press operators gatheredaround him on the shop floor for the special coronaviruspandemic meeting he has calledto tell us…
Ox and The Great Big Identity Trick
Tuesday, 18 August 2020 10:48

Ox and The Great Big Identity Trick

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Ox and The Great Big Identity Trick by Martin Hayes Ox wants more food in his bowlhe wants the hours he spends strapped into Farmer’s ploughreduced Hen wants to lay her eggsau naturel not forced out of herby a billion-pound industry who keeps mucking around with the light Raven wants…
After recent unfortunate results
Monday, 17 August 2020 09:49

After recent unfortunate results

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After Recent Unfortunate Results by Kevin Higgins Next election onwards, there’ll be a second vote for those who turn up with, under their arm,a print copy of one of the larger newspapers and answer a few unobtrusive questions to prove they’ve consumed it correctly. A third for those who also…
Bread and Roses Poetry Award 2020: The winners!
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Thursday, 30 July 2020 11:44

Bread and Roses Poetry Award 2020: The winners!

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This year the judges, Andy Croft of Smokestack Books and Mary Sayer from Unite, picked seven rather than five poems which they thought worthy winners of the Award. So Unite have kindly agreed to provide additional prize money this year for all seven poems. The winners are Handbook for 2021…
The cry of the poor from inner-city Dublin: Sacred Symphony
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Wednesday, 29 July 2020 12:43

The cry of the poor from inner-city Dublin: Sacred Symphony

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Sacred Symphony is a new collection of poems on life in inner-city Dublin, by Karl Parkinson, with photographs by Peter O'Doherty. It includes All the Swings are Gone and is introduced by Father Peter McVerry, who concludes with these words: Those who are economically unproductive are considered a drain on…
Only use words if you have to: Homily of Francis
Tuesday, 28 July 2020 08:39

Only use words if you have to: Homily of Francis

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Geraldine Clarkson introduces her new collection When in the last two months before publication of my first full poetry collection, Monica’s Overcoat of Flesh — the progress of which had been variously plagued by bereavements, the loss of a home, and complicated publishing scenarios — the final compiling and proofreading…
Living in dark times: the poetry of Bertolt Brecht
Monday, 06 July 2020 15:47

Living in dark times: the poetry of Bertolt Brecht

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Edward Mackinnon shows how Brecht successfully integrated Marxist theory into his poetic practice “What is robbing a bank compared with founding a bank?” “In the dark timesWill there also be singing?Yes, there will also be singing.About the dark times” “And I always thought the very simplest wordsShould be enough. If…
Ready to Go to Work
Monday, 06 July 2020 07:00

Ready to Go to Work

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Ready to Go to Work by Fred Voss A machinist bites into his morning appleas the sun riseson his workbench before him are 1/8th to ½-inch Allen wrenchesfor turning socket-head cap screwstight5/16th to 1-and-¼-inch crescent wrenches for turning any hex-nutin the shopand the apple in his mouth is sweet as…
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