Sunday, 20 November 2011

Sunday Review

We didn't do a Sunday Review last week, so this is a whistle stop tour through the last fortnight of poems.

Wanting to pay tribute to the civilian dead caught in the crossfire of armed conflicts, we forfeited our review on Remembrance Sunday in favour of Teaching the World to Sing - a well-timed poem by Colin Watts on the possible reintroduction of cluster bombs. 

Once again, the range of poems and styles has been extraordinary. Just in the last few days we've had Marylin Brindley's The Right Train crossing borders in a marvellous pastiche of Auden's The Night Train, and the bleak and spare 10 Seconds from Anna on the killing of Stephen Lawrence.

International news has reached us via the medium of poetry too -  Lavinia Kumar's The Bend in the River highlighted the worrying impact of a new Amazon dam, and Indian poet Vinita Agrawal celebrated veteran campaigner Anna Hazare in White Phosphorus.   Meanwhile, Libya was still in the news with Do They Really by John Goss exploring the possible fate of Saif Gaddafi and Hamish Mack gave us an ode to exploited youth in the run-up to New Zealand's elections with Factoring in the Youth.

And while we always welcome poems on the big news, we enjoy looking at lesser-known stories too - like Helena Nolan's Tears of the Devil and, from the left field, Breda Wall Ryan's whacky and wonderful Charango - our first and (probably) only poem about a vicious attack with a frozen Armadillo!

We have already published several poems about the Occupy protests around the world, but couldn't resist the angry and sobering Occupied by new contributor Angela T Carr and  Already Occupied by Colin Watts - who had the trustees of St Paul's squeezing a camel through the eye of Threadneedle Street.  James Schwartz gave us an update on the New York protests with his The Last Librarian too.

The challenge for us at Poetry24 is to keep a steady supply of quality poems - thanks to those who respond when we're running short... and please do keep them coming.