We began this week with Kellie Doherty who wrote about Ramey Smyth who completed the Iditarod Trail to Nome, Alaska, in 2 hours, 19 minutes in her poem Alaskan Adventure. Like the subject matter, it was very quick-paced with the two-word lines that gave a rhythmic feeling to the actual sense of the arduous journey.
On Tuesday we had Bull in a China Shop by Philip Johnson. This short, but powerful, poem talks about Archbishop Welby putting pressure on Ian Duncan Smith for the harsh and unfair welfare reforms. The final line: “the poor are paying off the national debt / while the tories pay off the rich” we particularly powerful.
What Happens in Conclave Stays in Conclave by Gwen Seabourne was a satirical look at the newly elected Pope, Francis I. The comic tone of: “Or maybe they'll decide it's better / to go for the chap with the biggest biretta” was a key point of the poem, indicating a kind of farce that goes with the Papel.
On Thursday Niamh Hill wrote School’s Out. This was an angry look at MP Michael Gove’s proposed national curriculum which would actually damage children’s education, making them learn “endless lists of spelling, facts and rules.” I got a sense of irony from this piece when Niamh wrote: “Dates, and places and verse / will be drummed into us / til we are a nation of parrots / no ability to think, or act.”
On Saturday, Mark Brophy's The Laughing Hangman reminded us of the plight of the poor and the vulnerable and also of the shameful failure of the party that should represent them. There is one line I want to quote from this poem because it should prompt the rest of us to action: "the only way to prove/ you're incapacitated is to die while you're at work."
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