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

Meeting the Irish
Wednesday, 17 March 2021 19:45

Meeting the Irish

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Meeting the Irish, 1972Connemara by Edward Boyne We were hoovered-up off the known streetsby revving buses nervous in The Coombe,rushed at speed, through drowsy posh estates.It was like a moving quarantine.We had polished the Doc Martensand sharp-shaved the heads.Wore braces for the half-mast jeans,leather jackets, studs, Led Zeppelin tee-shirts.Left behind…
Wednesday, 17 March 2021 14:42

Whose Son Next? 

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Whose Son Next? (i.m. Trayvon Martin 26th February 2012) by The Incident A boy’s walking back to his dad’s girlfriend’s place in Sanford, Floridawith a pack of Skittles, can of Arizonaiced tea from the 7-Eleven for his bro, in time for the NBA All-Stars game.Earphones in, he’s chatting to his…
Anonymous Bosch
Thursday, 11 March 2021 17:18

Anonymous Bosch

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The End of Austeritee by Mike Jenkins Cop shop's bin moved outa town,yew ardly ever see 'em around. Library's shifted to-a Leisure Centre:all about footfall, nobuddy goes there. Many Council redundancies 're comin,Old People's Centre an emtee buildin. Mewsic, drama an poetree luxuries in schools,learnin for tests an exams the…
Our Father Eclipse
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Thursday, 11 March 2021 17:11

Our Father Eclipse

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Trumpets by Rebecca Lowe And I saw the seven angels which stood before God; and to them were given seven trumpets. (Revelation 8:2) Germany April 4, 2015:A lone girl looks up into the sky:The sound, a metallic groaning,Like somebody put the keys in a rusted ignition. In Bristol, they refer…
A great struggle to set something free: Ox poems
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Tuesday, 09 March 2021 09:14

A great struggle to set something free: Ox poems

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Martin Hayes presents 5 poems from Ox, his new collection. All images by Gustavius Payne Ox trust the oxen bought tickets to the annual oxen versus goats football matchwhich though having stellar meaning in the ox and goat worldnevertheless had to be played in a secret locationbecause oxen and goats…
Choose to Challenge: International (Working) Women's Day 2021
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Sunday, 07 March 2021 19:15

Choose to Challenge: International (Working) Women's Day 2021

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Fran Lock introduces some poems for International (Working) Women's Day 2021. Images above and in text: Jane Burn IWWD – or IWD as we're now supposed to call it – has had some pretty ropey “themes” in the past. But this year, I feel more positively inclined: 'Choose to Challenge'…
The Apple Tree
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Saturday, 27 February 2021 08:31

The Apple Tree

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The Apple Tree by Alan Sleater, with image by Steev Burgess Early in Autumn, our first crop of apples,Plentiful, but small and bitter to eatEmerged from the oval-shaped posies of leaves.Our apple tree bore fruit. We marked the date. It was an old misshapen tree that lookedAs though a push…
Ballad of the Black Domain
Thursday, 25 February 2021 17:36

Ballad of the Black Domain

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Ballad of the Black Domain by Alun Rees When you’re born in Merthyr Tydfilyou’re brought up in grief and rain.God himself was afraid to goalone in the Black Domain. Recession or Depression -our loss was someone’s gain.Living was lean and dying hardin the terrible Black Domain. Where body and soul…
Secular Icon
Sunday, 14 February 2021 14:30

Secular Icon

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Secular Icon by Tom Hubbard They heard that he was ‘something in the City’And wore nice suits. The ideal son-in-law.The thought that he could lord it quite so shittyNever occurred. Just worship that firm jaw,The measured tones, the wife both rich and pretty;He makes his colleagues look and sound so…
John Keats: Revolutionary Romantic
Thursday, 11 February 2021 13:05

John Keats: Revolutionary Romantic

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Jenny Farrell marks the 200th anniversary of Keats's death. The image above is of Keats on his deathbed, by his friend Joseph Severn G. B. Shaw stated that “Keats achieved the very curious feat of writing a poem of which it may be said that if Karl Marx can be…
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