Sunday, 25 May 2014

Sunday Review

The first poem this week was "Tit Elation" by James Bessant which is a shocked reaction to this year's Eurovison Song quest which is usually pretty shocking without blatant sexism on display. It is odd that they still stage that sort of act when the winner of this year struck such an obvious blow for just getting over it and concentrating on the song. The sleazy nature of it all is aptly summed up by James
Are you sure you want liberation?
You're sexier when you're acting dumb
Sue Norton's "You'd Rather Not" was our next poem, wondering about UK people's reluctance to talk about death. In New Zealand it is very common to have a memorial service that is a celebration of the person's life and people don't seem to mind planning ahead for that. I am going to have "Ziggy Stardust" played. I like Sue's observation that:
your wishes are the same as everyone’s
you seek to be exempted
 David Mellor reminded us in "UKIP if you want to" that the other inevitability is taxes which come from politics and gave a clear warning on the perils of sitting out the voting process. David reminds us that if  it's not us, today it may be tomorrow.
But don’t  moan …

When they come for you …
 There was some pretty bad reporting on the UKIP performance after the voting too. It's hard to think of a non-scary reason for that.
Kristina England gave us "In Nigeria" and the terrible results of a bombing comparing it to the sort of thing that gets passed off as "boys being boys". The final stanza of the poem strikes a superbly chilling note, because we know that ignoring the problem won't make it go away.
It's a phase.
It will all go away.
Just wait.
 Sue Norton's poem "Measuring Wealth" gave us a look at happiness measurement and how a pair of glasses might be enough to increase someone's happiness exponentially. I like the way that the picture book life is contrasted with real life here and the mention of small improvements that could be made to big effect
...and would love to see
happiness up close, focused correctly.
The aftermath of the UK council elections were the subject of Abi's poem "on This Day".  
In the comments Abi says that it was a real incident which just shows us that metaphor can be real.
throws one arm over his tousled curls,
whimpers like a  puppy - and snores.
Ilike that "whippet-like arse" description. Precisely observed.  
New Zealand is having it's first winter style storm this weekend and there will be complaining about all week so some poems to take my mind of it would be much appreciated. Please send some in, even stormy ones! Have a good week all.