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

Online Launch of Three Red Poets from Cymru
Sunday, 11 April 2021 13:25

Online Launch of Three Red Poets from Cymru

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On Tuesday April 13th at 7pm there will be a free online launch of new collections from three Red Poets, all from Cymru. There will be a brief introduction from Mike Quille, chief editor of Culture Matters, followed by readings from the three poets, and finally a question and answer…
At The End of England
Friday, 09 April 2021 12:48

At The End of England

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 At the End of England by David Erdos And so England ends, or perhaps the start of the endHere finds herald as the death of Prince Philip resoundsLike an echo, or tribute perhaps from past times In which all manner of mysteries remain masked, despiteThe gags and shields on our…
but if you are happy, what will you write about?
Saturday, 03 April 2021 16:47

but if you are happy, what will you write about?

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but if you are happy, what will you write about? by Fran Lock the surfeit-stink of mornings, doubly sulliedand pungent in my memory. the intercessionof a sword, christ's body, luminous and reeking.i will write concealment's season, the laudedthorn, a calcite myth of kings, the swaggeringrapacity of guards at arms. are…
Easter 1916 and Maeve Cavanagh, 'poetess of the revolution'
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Saturday, 03 April 2021 16:31

Easter 1916 and Maeve Cavanagh, 'poetess of the revolution'

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Jenny Farrell introduces Maeve Cavanagh and presents one of her poemsLast Easter, we published some poems written by three leaders of the 1916 Easter Rising in Ireland. They were Pádraig Pearse, who wrote the 1916 Proclamation of the Republic, and his comrades and signatories Thomas MacDonagh and James Plunkett, accessing…
Plague Songs
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Wednesday, 31 March 2021 12:26

Plague Songs

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In May 2020 the award-winning cartoonist Martin Rowson set himself the challenge of writing a Lockdown Diary in verse. The result is Plague Songs, a unique cycle of furious, bleakly comic and often offensive poems about COVID-19, fiercely inventive and desperately funny. Rowson, who recovered from the virus at the…
No Money in the Bank
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Thursday, 25 March 2021 10:56

No Money in the Bank

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No Money in the Bank by Samantha Masi No money in the bank. But how will we pay our bills? No money.The computer algorithmmessed up again. Why won't it let us be?They all sigh, they say Why can't you get a job?I'm doing my childmindingcourse. I'm moving. I'll applyfor care.I…
One Year On
Wednesday, 24 March 2021 11:17

One Year On

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One Year On by David Erdos, with image by Paulette Parker Birds wake me to sing a mutant song for us. Unusual for them, This stung chorus catches wracked power as well as the pitch That’s been rising even as we all fall far from shape. It has been One…
No Amnesty
Sunday, 21 March 2021 17:37

No Amnesty

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No Amnesty A soliloquy from a still-to-be written political play by David Betteridge, with image by Bob Starrett [How can we] offend the dead and shame the livingBy these despairs? And how refrain from love?This is a difficult country, and our home.- Edwin Muir Today I am giving up politics.…
He's Behind You
Saturday, 20 March 2021 21:01

He's Behind You

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He's Behind You by Sally Flint, with image by Martin Gollan My shoes aren't suited for walking fast, home's only minutes away ̶ I'm gripping a door-key in my hand when, out of a gateway, a shifting shadow, taller than me. Is it the man from the bar who lined…
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