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

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Daily Poem

Ferry Across the Mersey 1993


It was in the summer holiday of '93,
A trip on the Ferry Across the Mersey:
My wife,
My son,
My mother-in-law
And me.

The trip of a day time,
A force eight gale,
My wife,
My son,
My mother-in-law
And I.

Mother-in-law: first up the gang plank:
Clearing a nautical path
(With her elbows),
To the front end,
Near the buffet,
By the radiator.

Mother-in-law and me
Enjoying each other's company:
Saving the seats,
Passing the time,
Happily swapping
Polite insults.

Wife and son returned
From a sortie to the buffet:
Swaying and staggering;
Due to the swell of the sea
The swirl of the tea,
And the weight of the doughnuts.

I'll never forget the seamanship involved
Inside that bobbing boat,
As we poured milk in our tea with the one hand,
And held a giant doughnut with the other.

Son then climbed to the upper deck,
Enjoying the swell and the spray,
And the terror in his mother's eyes.

As we finally docked to Gerry and the Pacemakers,
Mother-in-law unashamedly broke out in song and dance
It was a good day

Bob Harding-Jones

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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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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