Militant Thistles

polemical poetry to prickle the politics of "permanent austerity"

atos Poor Doors Sheriff Stars spikes

thistles stretch their prickly arms afar

Black Triangle bedroom tax Disrupt and Upset

Alistair Findlay

The day he died                                                                                                                          



he was not working for an international corporation


or holding a placard up or  wondering where


his next meal was coming from



he did not meet his death in the arms


of an illegal immigrant


or marching through the streets juggling



his death had nothing to do with


the National Health Service


or the fight against austerity



he died


no kind of subversive


not raging, blowing on a whistle

Alistair Findlay is a Scots poet and editor, written four collections, Sex, Death and Football (2003), The Love Songs of John Knox (2006), Dancing Big Eunice (2010), Never Mind the Captions (2011); edited 100 Favourite Football Poems (2007) and co-edited, with Tessa Ransford, Scotia Nova: poems for the early days of a better nation (2015), all for Luath Press, Edinburgh; a cultural history/creative memoir, Shale Voices (1999,2010); contributed to The Robin Hood Book: Verse Versus Austerity (2012) and A Rose Loupt Oot: Poetry & Song Celebrating the UCS Work-In (2011), ed David Betteridge, Smokestack Books.