Magazine article New Internationalist

Present/Tense: Poets in the World

Magazine article New Internationalist

Present/Tense: Poets in the World

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Present/Tense: Poets in the World (Hanging Loose Press ISBN 1-931 236 39 9)

This sharp, passionate and eloquent collection of contemporary political poetry is best left to speak for itself. Here's one example:

We Are Not Responsible

by Harryette Mullen

We are not responsible for your lost or stolen relatives. We cannot guarantee your safety if you disobey our instructions. We do not endorse the causes or claims of people begging for handouts. We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone. Your ticket does not guarantee that we will honour your reservations. In order to facilitate our procedures, please limit y our carrying on. Before taking off, please extinguish your smouldering resentments. If you cannot understand English, you will be moved out of the way. …

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