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
My memories of the Old Liverpool
Can you remember the Knocker Upperer,
with an early wake up call.
or how about the Gas Lighter with his light up pole.
The horse drawn Milkman, Rag and Boneman rattling his plates,
wheeling his handcart shouting "any rag bone any scrap iron."
The horse drawn roundabout, 1 jam jar a ride,
the Spekeland Castle, sitting outside with crisps and lemo.
Bursting tar bubbles in the road, eating rice pudding with the skin,
from round the edge because its cooler.
Giving my aunties clean army shirts to the Ragman for a balloon.
"You little bugger," I got called as they hunted for the Ragman.
Mum knitting a balaclava and mitts out of an old jumper.
the smog... oh so thick.
When someone mugged you they gave you money,
and the only gun you fired was at the Fair.
New Brighton in its hey day,
“Stay behind the brass strip” shouted the Ferryman “or your not getting off.”.
These few memories I hope remind you of days in Old Liverpool.
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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