A strong and wide-reaching feminist poem for our fifth selection by guest editor Jessie Joe Jacobs! Ways not to treat Women For enjoying a book too much Refuse to educate them In case men can’t satisfy them Genitally mutilate them If they get pregnant unmarried Take their babies away For suffering postpartum depression Electric shock … Continue reading Ways Not To Treat Women by Tracey Scott-Townsend
Please be aware that this poem contains descriptions of domestic violence. The fourth poem chosen by guest editor Jessie Joe Jacobs is a response to her callout for stories relating to violence against women and the #metoo and #timesup campaigns. If you'd like to know more about how to work for positive change on this … Continue reading Friday Night Is Fun Night by Sara Dennis
In the third poem selected by our guest editor Jessie Joe Jacobs, we take a look from on high at modern 'gods' Weinstein and Murdoch... Gauntlet Wielding his gauntlet like Apollo’s arrow, Zeus greets them. From among his avenue of Alpha males, they stand like Gods. Those who don’t salute are left to suffer without … Continue reading Gauntlet by Carol Fenwick
In the second poem chosen by our guest editor Jessie Joe Jacobs, poet Rosamund McCullain plays on the meaning of 'scab'. Worthy words as our university staff continue to strike for their pensions. Impossible Things Picking that irritating scab and wondering Can there be new skin underneath? Can Epidermis and epiglottis renew? Repair the Raw … Continue reading Impossible Things by Rosamund McCullain
Welcome to the first poem chosen for March by our guest editor, Jessie Joe Jacobs, who is part of the We Are Our Media collective working to bring 'alternative tabloids' to the people of the north east, written by the people of the north east! No News is Good News You might be under the … Continue reading No News Is Good News by Jackson Davies
Hello folks, please join me in welcoming the first of three guest editors for this blog! Jessie Joe Jacobs is an amazing women - activist, campaigner, charity leader, writer and passionate Teessider! Please visit her website to find out more about the amazing things she's been involved with, including founding A Way Out charity, and … Continue reading Guest editor alert!!