Interesting radio interview with Tim Wells about ranting poetry, from about 18:30, including a mention of Janine!
Poetry (including by other people)
Articles about poetry and favourite poems by others
A rewrite of Philip Larkin's 'This Be The Verse':
They fuck you up, Conservatives
They mean to, and they really do
They take away what progress gives
And add some extra spite for you
But they were fucked up in their turn
By titled, landed, privileged fools
Who bathed in wealth they did not earn
And raised their high-born kids to rule
'From the Youth of All Nations' reads to me as a bitter complaint against the ruling classes on all sides of the First World War playing out their arguments with the sufferings and lives of soldiers.
Published in Solidarity 337, 24 September 2014
The Workers’ Dreadnought published this poem on its front page, heading an article entitled “Soldiers ask what they are fighting for” on 20 October 1917.
Published in Solidarity 335, 10 September 2014
From The Workers’ Dreadnought, 29 June 1918
A poem was found on the dead body of a German soldier. The British authorities reproduced it in facsimile and threw it from aeroplanes into the German lines.
A poem written by my partner John Leach ...
Janine has got cancer
My partner could be dying, it's
only a matter of time, and
it could be years.
People say it's not what it was
they've got it early, it's not a
death sentence, and it could be
dealt with by pills
- But it's said out of love not knowledge.
Poetry doesn't have to rhyme
It can be blank verse from time to time
Oops, a self-defeating pair
Of lines - oh fuck it, I don't care.