Many of Janine’s poems are, as she says, all about “venting her spleen on the poetic stage”. For this Workers’ Liberty member, socialist-feminist, trade unionist, spoken-word performer, every day has to be a day for hating the Tories.
Mine, and occasionally others'.
A sonnet written on the occasion of Lord Alan Sugar's resignation form the Labour Party:
So who invited that spiv to the party?
No, we don't want his cut-throat sort round here
His anti-social manners are so nasty
He's nicking all the food and selling beer
He's telling all my mates that they are fired
And acting like he bloody owns the place
His snotty, bossy, snobbery is tired
I'm losing friends who hate this public face
He came in with another party crasher
And now he's gone but not cleared up his rubble
He's got a better offer - somewhere flasher?
And now we're spared the need to take the trouble
- To turf Lord Cuckoo out of Labour's nest
- Which leaves the task of turfing out the rest
Written on the day that the Conservatives won the 2015 UK General Election:
A search for silver lining
Is a needle-haystack quest
Fear grows and hope declining
Greed wins and stuff the rest
McVey and Farage splendid fall
But barely dulls the pain
The silverest lining of them all:
We live to fight again
I am not "inspirational"
I need neither pedestal nor pity
Why put barriers in my path
Then call me "inspirational" for getting over them?
I am your equal not your mascot
I want rights not awards
I am not "inspirational"
I am disabled
By crap like this.
Performing as the feature poet at Loose Muse, the Poetry Society's monthly women writers' night at the Poetry Cafe in Covent Garden.
A night of open mic slots. Janine on stage just before half time.
At Vogue Fabrics (though it doesn't say that on the outside), 66 Stoke Newington Road, London N16 7XB
Just popped in to do an open mic slot.
I'm going to add my name to two petitions
My sense of right and justice is inflamed
I usually have no time for politicians
But those who keep their silence should be shamed
There comes a time to stand up and be counted
To put one's name to causes good and strong
Sometimes the moral high ground must be mounted
And bold lines clearly drawn twixt right and wrong
Performances from RMT members to raise funds for our strike fund and for Rainbow International LGBT Solidarity Fund.
Leytonstone ex-Services Club, Harvey Road, E11.
A five-minute slot at this event in the Full Stop Bar on Brick Lane, Whitechapel.