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

Nicholas Murray




I had a dream last night:

four men on a small island

lapped by a frozen sea

in long, black coats

no hair on their heads

their sins all forgotten

mumbling to the wind:

We are not a protest movement.

We are not a debating society.

We are nothing – like the wind

which whistles through these stones

coming from a far place,

a white tundra gleaming in late sun,

and we offer you nothing

which is the safest of options;

look at it spread on our opened palms

as if it were food for the ravenous gulls.

Nicholas Murray is a poet and biographer born in Liverpool but now based in Wales. His verse diatribe against the Coalition, Get Real!, was published by Rack Press in 2011 and his new collection, The Secrets of the Sea, is due next month from Melos. He is one of 20 poets who contributed to Poets for Corbyn. He is the winner of the 2015 Basil Bunting Award.