Category Archives: Red

Ad-Liberation review in Red Pepper magazine

A lovely review of my poetry collection featured in Red Pepper magazine:

“Each page delights with new tastes… humour, angry-yet-calm honesty and also barefaced cheek
At heart, for all its humour, ‘Ad-Liberation’ is deadly serious. This volume sustains and nourishes the hunger we have, and more importantly reveals the hunger we didn’t know we were suffering from. And that leads to action…”

Click below to read in full:

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Musings on George

detail of rusted bridge over a north England railway

Phew! It’s over.

And as we wake up (hopefully!) to the real implications of paying for the  policing & parading of two inbred work-shy over-priveledged parisitic strangers who happen to have squelched “out of a particular aristocratic womb in a particular golden palace”   – and as the frenetic flag-waving for our Great demokkkracy hosting the Olympic Games begins in earnest – here’s a couple of alternative interpretations from ‘Georges’ on this perculiar strain of manipulated and misdirected national pride:

“The nationalist not only does not disapprove of atrocities committed by his own side, but he has a remarkable capacity for not even hearing about them”
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RED haiku

RED

You live in us all
One cut too deep and you rise
blood. Revolution.

Comic Relief – Sick Jokes

Okay – you’ll like this one:

Q) What do you get if you cross several million quantity petro-chemical made-in-China Red Noses with a hyped-up dumbed-down UK population?

No? Give up?

A) The end to World Poverty and Global Equality of course!

Ya geddit? Ya geddit? No? Not funny?

Okay, okay, try this:

Q) Why did the celebrity cross the Channel? Continue reading

Prepare for Youth Poetry Power

Sticking to the RED theme set up by the first two posts – here’s a very amateur recording of two young poets it was my pleasure to coach at the 2010 Leeds Young Authors 7th Annual Voices of a New Generation Literature Festival and Poetry Slam:

I come back to this video a lot as the poem – written by a 12 and 13 year old before the student protests kicked off in the UK and before the uprisings in the North Afrikan/Arabian World – really speaks to the moment and is a great answer to the false foolish forced Shock Doctrine of big society (sic), privatisation, and cutting of public services. Yes, these young people have no problem in seeing and calling out the Empire as stark raving nekkid.

As a performance poet, this was definitely one of my most spine-tingling, hair-on-end proudest moments and it is gratifying to hear the word-sound power of da yout resonate with a crowd, to offer them a platform to share their knowledge and insight, and a creative outlet for their energy and passion.

Plus as Zena Edwards says of the recent SHAKE! project on which we are fortunate to be poet facilitators: Continue reading

Save! Save! Buy! Buy! Bye Bye…

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Rise Above It - Buy Nothing Christmas, from Adbsuters

Following on from the poem “Saved By Shopping”, here’s a couple more critiques relating to the idea that we can help the ‘Wretched of the Earth’ by continuing our consumption habits & trusting in celebrities…

This first article in the Nation links the then current stories of the popstar material girl & the popstar material boys:

Shopping Is Not Sharing: Corporate Consumerism Is Masquerading As Activism – “Africa’s poor had, like, the best week ever. Not since the days of khaki colonialism has buying Africa been so sexy, so fashionable…”

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Merry World AIDS Day!

It’s Global AIDS day today.

And there’s a foot of snow outside my window.

How are these two related? Shopping of course! Yes, as well as reminding us that ‘climate change/ climate chaos’ (or better yet ‘climate justice’!) are more appropriate terms than the more easily dismissed and ignored ‘global warming’, this latest record-breaking bout of weather also reminds that Christmas is on it’s way. Christmas and shopping of course being intertwined. Snow, Christmas and shopping – or rather – rampant greed and over-consumption leading to crazy weather patterns  a less promoted notion…

World AIDS day has also been captured by the mega-brands and now, just like Saint Nicholas, it sports a suit fashioned from a distinctly commercial shade of red – what else is there to think about on World AIDS day but buying that (RED) branded product to show how much you care?

Here’s a poem I dedicated to Product (RED) recently published in the non-affiliated Red Anthology, the first collection of Contemporary Black British Poetry for 10 years:

Red: Contemporary Black British Poetry

not affiliated with Product (RED)

SAVED BY SHOPPING

dear santa
i would really like an afrikan baby Continue reading