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
For Liverpool Pals Battalion 1916
Burnished brass mourns farewell
as scarlet poppies in cashmere black
make their arthritic way
to remember ...
a crocodile of unsophisticated men
gap toothed grin
buttoned up gaiters and sackcloth serge
singing bawdy songs over creaking planks
to offer their lives
Let her not see
the tortured faces in saline pools
cadavers that gently rock
for tackety boots
Let her not hear the shrieks
or smell the stench of putrid flesh
let her remember him
as she sits
gray hair in a simple bun
gnarled hands clasped on faded pinafore
patiently waiting the creak of door
as the one she formed in blood and pain
or until it is time to go and meet
her son again.
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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- All poems are protected by copyright and are not to be reproduced without permission.
- We hold no responsibility for the claimed authorship of poems.
- We will not enter into correspondence about any entry.
Pete Price Radio City 10.00 pm Sun - Thursday (read him some poetry!)
Claire Hamilton Arts and Culture Show Sunday 1-4pm Radio Merseyside
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