Welcome to this week’s Poetic Beats with Howard Bond and Davy D, recorded on the 12th of March 2018 on Red Kite Radio.
Protest has always provided a form of non-violent protest for poets and Davy D’s poem, Because, offers words to highlight the urbanisation and destruction of the countryside taking place in the UK. Throughout history poets such as John Clare, William Blake and Christina Rossetti have all written poetry as a form of protest. These and the Russian poet, Irina Ratushinskaya, who in 1983 was sentenced to five years hard labour for writing poetry deemed to create anti-Soviet agitation and propaganda, are discussed in this episode of Poetic Beats.
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near a concrete verge, a snowdrop
bows to the North Wind. An act of
defiance against minds immersed in
roadway oblivion. inside the aperture,
carbon white sits against a cold day
sprinkled on winter soil. the camera
sure in its capture of a new order.
above the din, can anyone hear the
robin sing, or the mindless torture
of scraped earth? the run of a nib
must carry more than the cold
blood from a profiteer’s core.
© Davy D 2018