Tag: poetry

Naming of parts 2020

Poem by Brian Parkin, based on an original by Harry Reed. Illustration by Mark Winter.

Letter to Edith

Parenthood is full of uncertainties; of hopes and fears. The climate crisis amplifies all of this, and brings into focus the harsh realities and stark choices we face - as individuals and as a society. A poem by Rick Lighten.

I Bring Her a Flower

On the 100th anniversary of the murder of Rosa Luxemburg, we republish a poetic tribute to her written by Sylvia Townsend Warner.

Intolerants not welcome – The Battle of Lewisham 1977

13 August 2017 will be the 40th Anniversary of the “Battle of Lewisham” when thousands of local people and other anti-racists refused to allow the fascist National Front to intimidate them with a provocative...

A poem by Alan Gibbons

Alan Gibbons, poet and novelist, penned this poem in response to Theresa May's vile racist speech at the Conservative conference. We are proud to republish it for National Poetry Day   There was an Irish immigrant Who...

Motivation: a poem by Caliban’s Revenge

Caliban's Revenge reflects on the state of teaching today MOTIVATION They told me to be "CUSTOMER CENTERED" So I left work and went to...

“Important Speech on why we should go to war, just released”

Michael Rosen  reports  on an  "Important Speech on why we should go to war, just released". "We can drop bombs through the eye of a needle. We can't always find the needle. But we drop the bombs anyway. And...

Sorry! An apology from Muslims (or those perceived to be Muslims) to humanity

We're pleased to be able to republish a poem by the Syrian Kurdish poet Amir Darwish with permission of publishers Smokestack books. A collection of Amir Darwish's poetry can be found in the book Don't...
Diego Rivera mural

Ten radical poems for National Poetry Day

Like the song says, socialism is about bread, but also roses. With the help of rs21 members we've gathered ten poems about the fight against capitalism, racism and women's oppression, and our dreams for a better...
Poppy field

Condemning the slaughter of the ‘Great War’

2014 marks the 100th centenary of the beginning of the First World War. Britain's rulers want us to commemorate it as a 'just war'. Matthew Cookson argues that cultural representations of the war, often from...