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Problematising martyrdom of NHS workers

CW: anti-Blackness Gwendolyn Brooks’ marvellous poem Negro Hero is a dramatic monologue for Doris ‘Dorie’ Miller, a Black American sailor honoured ‘for distinguished devotion to duty, extraordinary courage and disregard for his own personal safety during the attack on Pearl Harbour – December 7, 1941. The poem is significant as an early entrance of Black […]

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Poem of the Week: Geoffrey Hill’s ‘The Guardians’

Dealing with generational conflict has never been easy, but I also don’t think it’s ever been this hard; even before the emergence of a virus which aggressively discriminates on age, the atomisation of Western politics around the 2016 EU Referendum and US Presidential election had strong links to age. It’s easy to see how someone […]

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Poem of the week: Jack Underwood’s ‘Holy Sonnets X’

 O drunk DEATH, go home. We like our dying lives.             Have a big glass of water and think about it:             I sleep in often. I waste my life like rain. Jack Underwood, Holy Sonnets X, 2015 This 2015 poem takes lead from John Donne, but that is not the most valuable or interesting […]