Over 400 poets contributed 800 poems to celebrate Liverpool's 800th year. You can read them all here, just click anywhere on the picture of the Liver Building. Alternatively, you can select poems from a list

Contact: info@poem800.com

Daily Poem

Scouser

I am a Scouser
I am living Scouse history
not proud to be built
on black blood
or the backs of the Irish
living in squalor
slaves without chains.

Yet there were philanthropists
great men who brought the first wave
of culture to Liverpool
and the Welsh
who colonized our schools
and taught us how to read
the Chinese who gave us sweet and sour
like religion
and dockers partition
and the emigrants who fleeing their clearance
stayed
and made
our
great
grand
parents
who wanted nothing better
than to live
a decent life over
a well honed step
with the help of Aunt Sally
but were
bombed near insanity
by
a guttural enemy.

But they survived
and rebuilt our city
out of the rubble of humour
Scouse humour
the best in the world
humour
in love
in death
in the face of adversity.

We are the Capitol of Humour
we had to be
battered by life
shaped by our diversity
we’ve pulled ourselves up by our bootstraps
and said
two fingers to humiltiy
because we
share one unique characteristic
and that is
apart from our accent
and our sense of humour
each of us can say
... I am a Scouser.

I Horton

Future Plans

To we tried to get poem800 published in book form but with 800 poems we couldn't find a publisher, also it was too expensive for us to print ourselves via vanity press so we regret that we have been unable to get it published. But we decided to leave it published on the internet i.e. running with a random poem every day (at our expense) and if anyone has any ideas on how to publish please get in touch.

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Disclaimer:

Great Links

Pete Price Radio City 10.00 pm Sun - Thursday (read him some poetry!)

Claire Hamilton Arts and Culture Show Sunday 1-4pm Radio Merseyside

SpotlightLancaster
Write Out Loud
Dead Good Poets Society
Magical History Tour
The celebrations for 700 years in 1907

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