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

Eleven
Wednesday, 17 March 2021 14:44

Eleven

Written by
in Poetry
Eleven(i.m. Eric Garner 17th July 2014) by Annie Wright, with image by John Minchillo Incident Eric Garner, neighbourhood peacemaker, has just stoppeda fight on Bay Street, Staten Island, New York NYPDwhen he’s accused of selling loosies* without a licence by five cops. Pantaleo tries to cuff him, slams him to…
Wednesday, 17 March 2021 14:42

Whose Son Next? 

Written by
in Poetry
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…
I am Ireland
Tuesday, 16 March 2021 12:07

I am Ireland

Written by
in Poetry
I am Ireland by Kevin Higgins, after Pádraic Pearse and in memory of the Celtic Tiger era, 1994-2008 I am Ireland:I am the love-child of Brian Keenan and John Waters.I drive Lebanese terrorists and Sinéad O’Connor bonkers.I will go on forever. Great my glory:I am Enya’s next albumand Michael Flatley’s…
The Universe Can't Stop Laughing / A Fate He Couldn't Fix
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Friday, 12 March 2021 17:30

The Universe Can't Stop Laughing / A Fate He Couldn't Fix

in Poetry
Written by
The Universe Can't Stop Laughing by Fred Voss We are the steel I-beam spinesof citiesthe nails holding together the house where Mark Twain lay dying under Halley’s Cometthe pawnbrokersadholding a dented trumpet he’s sure could have blown a note so strongit made the sunrise brighter the polisherof faucets full of…
Anonymous Bosch
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Thursday, 11 March 2021 17:18

Anonymous Bosch

in Poetry
Written by
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

in Poetry
Written by
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

in Poetry
Written by
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…
The Apple Tree
Saturday, 27 February 2021 08:31

The Apple Tree

Written by
in Poetry
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

Written by
in Poetry
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…
On Priti Patel, Practical Solidarity, Poetry and Preservation
Saturday, 20 February 2021 15:20

On Priti Patel, Practical Solidarity, Poetry and Preservation

Written by
in Poetry
Fran Lock attacks the Government's policies towards asylum-seekers, Travellers, and Black Lives Matter protesters, and shows how poetry can be a site of solidarity, community, and challenge. Image above: Pigeon Proletariat, by Steev Burgess I no longer hate Priti Patel. Wait, I'll unpack that statement: hate has an edge and…
Page 6 of 39