My Poems

Having written and performed as The Big J in the 1980s, Janine started again in 2014, after a brief interlude of around a quarter of a century.

Froms sonnets to villanelles, limericks to ballads, the occasional rap and plenty of straightforward rants, serious and humorous and sometimes both, here is Janine's verse.

Janine's poems have been published in numerous poetry and other journals and websites, including Algebra of Owls, South Bank Poetry, the Daily Mirror, PUSH, Hour of Writes, Proletarian Poetry, Confluence Medway, Screaming Violets, Poetry24, Solidarity, Stand Up and Spit, Hastings Independent, Freedom, Women’s Fightback, the Morning Star, Rising and TenFootCity; and in anthologies Spies4Life, Poems for Jeremy Corbyn, Justice: Poems for Grenfell Tower.and Ashes to Activists

Striking Oil

Written in support of the current North Sea strike ...

Strike oil
Strike it rich
But the market hit a hitch
And when the bottom falls out
Of the price of a barrel
Then the bosses get out
The hair shirt apparel
Not for them
But for us

Love's Labour's Lost

You sob for love lost from the labouring class
With a heart that's so heavy, so bitter your tears
But the love was not lost in the ten months just past
But was lost in the previous twenty-odd years

Family Values

Son's dressing up, he looks pretty in pink
Dad's in the kitchen, his arms in the sink
Daughter's out fixing the car with her tools
Mum's on the picket line, breaking the rules​

Cup Final Conundrum

On the occasion of the 2016 FA Cup final between Manchester United and Crystal Palace:​

Who to cheer today at Wembley's meeting?
One club sent us down with flukes and cheating
The other's filthy rich and so elitist
My position? Revolutionary defeatist

 

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