Monthly Archives: June 2013

THE POET TO HER YOUNG COMRADES 7

It’s you instruct me. All I do is tell you what I’ve learned. Perhaps I summarize. You need to know what I’ve seen through your eyes that we can use. My generation fell Comfort seduced us. This time they’ll use … Continue reading

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THE POET TO HER YOUNG COMRADES 6

How do you love in hiding? On the run? When every hour is precious, how begin to talk of love? When there’s a war to win, your deepest intimate a well-cleaned gun For hours you practice taking it apart putting … Continue reading

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THE POET TO HER YOUNG COMRADES 5 – FOR LAURIE

We quarrel, often. And of course it’s true and rarely trivial. We’ll get it right although it means we sit up half the night in rooms, on twitter. Such a shame that you will not accept you’re wrong. As obstinate … Continue reading

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FOR PUSSY RIOT

THE POET TO HER YOUNG COMRADES 4 To fight the tyrants we give up our name become the rebel only. Spend each night on different couch. No life except the fight we fade dissolve. And so become the same Anonymous … Continue reading

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This is going to be my speech next week at Dyke March London

SESTINA – ON DYKES Eighty six, summer, my first year of dykes even the ones who hated me were cool and women loving me was more like bliss than I’d expected. I had had no hope I thought I never … Continue reading

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A second poem for Iain

MOURNING IAIN Sky porridge grey. No sun. Along the quay a skittish wind bites cold face, aching head. loose pages blow like gulls, cannot be read because not written. There’s a sort of glee in so much sadness. It’s the … Continue reading

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HEARTBREAK

A shattered glass that mends itself again from fragments that reflect a thousand times, cut to the bone. It’s breaking in my rhymes slowly it topples,flies apart in pain The window on my soul, glass poured from heart filled with … Continue reading

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