As we hear the news of 39 humans found dead in a lorry on Essex, as we turn our eyes to Turkey and the Kurds, Kashmir, Yemen, and many number of countries with whom we trade arms, we can maybe take a moment to read this. Morality Tale Picture every one of the world’s weapons … Continue reading Morality Tale by Becky Cherriman
In this age of vast public demonstrations and non-violent rebellion, these two vivid poems from Finola Scott speak of a global human community, and the risks that demonstrators run. 'We are very close': Tens of thousands march in Venezuela 2/2/19 This river of democracy is in full spate, With flags foaming, baseball capped marchers flood … Continue reading Two Poems by Finola Scott
We say thank you and goodbye to our guest editor Kinsman with their final selection of two comedic pieces by Neil Laurenson. For the first poem, they say "I enjoyed this poem because of its humour. As well as satirizing those that want to privatise the NHS, it is also an affectionate parody of the … Continue reading Two poems by Neil Laurenson
"Whilst many people are now incensed by cruel changes to abortion law coming into effect in some states of America, Northern Ireland's policies are often overlooked. As citizens of the United Kingdom if we are appalled about America we should too be appalled about our own nation. This poem is a great reminder of that … Continue reading If you are under the moon’s bleeding sway by Moira Garland
Our guest editor, Amy Kinsman of Riggwelter magazine, says of this first poem that "Writing sparsely can often be more impactful than writing several pages on a topic. In this poem the silence speaks volumes because its entire subject is a failure of words. When speaking about sexual assault, the very act of saying anything … Continue reading Two poems by Michael Prihoda
Content warning : gun violence, school shootings. This week's poem is a very powerful, very difficult read. It isn't graphic, but it is, in the words of our guest editor Amy Kinsman, "harrowing because it allows the victims to speak for themselves. The dead haunt the living, which is tragedy but also a kind of … Continue reading Learning About The Holocaust by Jennifer Maloney
Our guest editor, Amy Kinsman of Riggwelter magazine, says "Although this poetry is comical and has the quality of a nursery rhyme or a fable akin to the emperor's new clothes, this does make several serious points. Political protest has been historically and remains for many to be an incredibly dangerous act for which many … Continue reading Truth @powers by Isaac Stovell
The third selection by our guest editor Kinsman had a very direct appeal. They said "On a personal note, I live in Stalybridge which has historically been a centre of protest and campaigning for civil rights among workers. For me the most effective political protest draws upon our histories. This poem very much understands it … Continue reading J.B, a Checkout Operator meets Factory Girl, E.H.
For this second selection, guest editor Kinsman says "Whilst this poem articulates how we all probably feel about politics in this country at the moment, it does so in a wonderfully tongue-in-cheek manner. More importantly, it reminds us that every small action in the face of political stagnation has ramifications within our communities. Opening a … Continue reading Big Ben is Broken by Ian Badcoe
Happy Easter everyone, I hope you're all up to your eyeballs in chocolate and are enjoying the fine weather? We're celebrating the rebirth of our Celebrating Change project with a brand-new guest editor for this blog. Amy Kinsman is a poet from Manchester. As well as being founding editor of Riggwelter Press, they are also … Continue reading Callout for submissions!!