It's perhaps foolhardy to look for common threads in the diverse poems we publish, but this week's poems seemed largely about power (and the abuse thereof): from undercover detectives fathering children with the very women they were spying in Philip Challinor's Family Values and celebrity chefs exhorting people to follow unheatlhy diets in Kay Weeks' Paula Deen Ain't no Lean Machine to J S Robinson feeling Powerless in the Charity Shop over rhino poaching. We also saw the grapple for power in Lavinia Kumar's Number One? and the mysterious power of the Cosmos in David Francis Barker's Warning Lights.
Most shocking of all was John Goss's hard-hitting The Devil's own inspired by the lenient treatment of the US Marine Sergeant responsible for the deaths of 24 unarmed Iraquis including children and a 76 year old man in a wheelchair at the Haditha massacre.
Writers and poets can only hope that their words have the power - to make people think, to effect change perhaps, and certainly to provoke a response - something these Sunday Reviews rarely seem to do!
Have a good week
Clare (& Martin)