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

Let's pretend it's butter
Tuesday, 27 October 2020 08:32

Let's pretend it's butter

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Let's pretend it's butter by Sally Flint 'It all starts with stability around access to food.' - Marcus Rashford After the adrenaline rush of not knowing if her card might be declined, a test for economy beans on a week of no 'free school meals'. In her career as a…
Cultural Marxism
Tuesday, 27 October 2020 08:15

Cultural Marxism

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Cultural Marxism by Martin Rowson I met a Cultural MarxistWho took me to Swan Lake"Those swans denote the Class War!"Quoth he. I found his takeCompelling if naive, but nowI'm told it's a disgraceBy a Cultural FascistWho then shot me in the face.
Melrose Abbey ruins
Saturday, 24 October 2020 13:30

Class Register

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Class Register by Alan Sleater The first register I called at Selkirk HighWas, to my incomer’s eyes, a roll callOf the Borders clans, and three hundred years of peace;Armstrong, Douglas, Elliot, Scott,A second-year class, sitting in ordered rows,Like the shields in the entrance hall at Abbotsford. My mother was a…
A Resistance Writer Reflects On His Life: Variations of poems by Bertolt Brecht
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Saturday, 24 October 2020 13:23

A Resistance Writer Reflects On His Life: Variations of poems by Bertolt Brecht

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Author's note: Bertolt Brecht (1898-1956) was one of the most influential playwrights of the twentieth century, blending an aspirational communism with anti-fascist politics, while developing a satirical, "epic style" of drama that broke new theatrical ground. Famously, in The Threepenny Opera (1928), Brecht posed the question: "Who is the bigger…
Searching for each other's souls
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Thursday, 22 October 2020 10:28

Searching for each other's souls

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Searching for Each Other's Souls by Fred Voss Working 10-hour days in this machine shop we put on our COVID-19 pandemic maskslike strangers aboard the Titanicthrown together to strike an iceberg and live an historictragedyand we stareover the masks into each other’s eyessafety glasses fogged up with our breathdazed with…
“the poor core of the world, wide open”: The poetry of Anne Carson
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Friday, 09 October 2020 09:44

“the poor core of the world, wide open”: The poetry of Anne Carson

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Annette Skade presents the poetry of Anne Carson, and a brief biography In Anne Carson’s series of poems, “The Glass Essay”, the speaker is channelling Emily Brontё: “my lonely life around me like a moor”, and the narrative of lost love, analysis and estrangement is woven through with references to…
the dreamers' ark
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Friday, 09 October 2020 08:21

the dreamers' ark

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the dreamers’ ark(the haven, tynemouth) by Paul Summers the oak is seasonedthe sawyers done each board & beamis shaved & steamed rendered immaculate in barrel curves planed & polishedto perfect laps the wrights slip-glazed by noble toil each limb in balanceeach peg set tight like lovers’ vowsimmoveable in situ caulked…
Working-class poetics and heeding the 'cry of the poor'
Sunday, 20 September 2020 07:21

Working-class poetics and heeding the 'cry of the poor'

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Fran Lock writes about our potential to develop and publish a new kind of poetics, where solidarity and community can be fostered in moments of lyrical, dialectical tenderness. Above image by Imtiaz Dharker, from Witches, Warriors and Workers We are living through a strange and difficult time for poetry; for…
The Burden of Ownership
Tuesday, 15 September 2020 12:17

The Burden of Ownership

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The Burden of Ownership by Jenny Mitchell He measures cost in body parts. A head paysfor a month of food; two eyes a week of drink.Christmas adds a throat. Carved out with carethe neck still holds a yoke if the chin is firmweight evenly proportioned. Four breasts pay for his…
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