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

The Place I Grew Up

The place I grew up became famous today.

The images captured on TV were stark, sad and full of despair, the broken road and derelict pub,
A far cry from the place that fills my memories and dreams.

In the 60’s I played in the streets
Roller skated down the road where I was born
Cycled to the woods and adventured along a brook grandly titled as a river.

In the 70’s I snogged behind the bicycle sheds – [I wish]
I discoed in the community hall, begging the boys to dance with me and making do with girls in circles worshipping our bags.

We drooled over the footie players, our hero’s, who spoke on telly the same way we did

Me schools: the space where friends laughed at you and with you, making jokes up as we went through hardships and highlights, skitting the teachers, mimicking the dinner ladies – a camaraderie unique to us

We asked about religion, ‘proddy dog’ or ‘cat –lick’, but the answer made no difference.

We walked the streets, played in the woods, felt safe, together and from the same place: Crocky.

The place I grew up became famous today.

'Croxteth: a sprawling suburb of Liverpool'.

ruth gould

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

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

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