When Tesco, the retail giant, dropped a 'job for benefits' advertisement from the Jobseeker's Plus website, Aaron Murdoch was quick to pen Workfare Makes You Free. The poem serves as a reminder of some dark examples of exploitation, in our past history. And the idea of social equality also becomes strained in the light of Michael Gove's remark, that the Equality Act doesn't extend to the school curriculum. Philip Challinor wrote his poem, Unnatural Acts, when it became clear that the short reach of the law allowed faith schools to take an anti-gay stance in the teaching of sex education.
On Wednesday, Craig Guthrie gave us our first poem, written in Scottish dialect. Me an That Joon, was inspired by at least three news stories centred around the fallout from social deprivation in parts of Scotland. Across the Irish Sea, the 'ghost estates' of Ireland became Wendy Nicholson's focus of attention, in Boom and Bust.
Csilla Toldy's, The Prophets, challenges us to consider the political landscape of the Soviet era, via Liane Lang's thought-provoking installations, entitled Monumental Misconceptions, and Abigail Wyatt rounds out the week with A Lullaby for Our Troubled Times, a soothing, satirical swipe at the plutocrats.
This week's offerings prove, once again, how events in the news can produce an itch only a poet can scratch. So, don't be shy. Share your work by sending it to us, at Poetry24.
Have a good week.
Martin (& Clare)