Poetry (including by other people)
Articles about poetry and favourite poems by others
'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.
Janine rants about Poets versus Covid and Cuts.
The annual 'Heart Unions' event this years sees a focus on the perilous state of the arts during the COVID19 pandemic.
For 'COVID19 and the Arts' we are joined by:
< Nicole Johnson (Musicians' Union), Musician;
< John Oversby (UCU), Musician;
On #InternationalDylanDay, Janine will be joining other poets to celebrate Dylan Thomas, at the venue immortalised in her poem, The Barred List at the Half Moon Herne Hill.
The Half Moon, 22 Half Moon Lane, Herne Hill, London SE24 9HU
This table is reserved for The Poetry
for this pub and for all who sail on it
A villanelle, pantoum or ballad
or free verse, sestina or sonnet
It's not for a hen night or party
but for words that take note of the times
It's not trying to sell you a dinner
it is ticking out meter and rhyme
Wystan Hugh, he
liked a sherry.
It made him feel
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.