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

Sam Smith

who are they who go to gawp?

 

 

catalogue bought

suit, tie, white shirt

wide open mouth

corporated to no values

in this virtual small town

side-of-mouth

pub corner, doorstep

fingerpointing conformity

 

knowing but not knowledgeable

who's what to who

he-said-she-said concerns

whispers manipulating one

against another, valueless, amoral

all depending only on

who is doing the approving

who the disapproving

 

who owns what

has got what

 

badges and poppies

boast their belonging

 

See! A death

 

Quick! A bouquet

The Shopping Class

[In the capitalist version of feminism - equality of purchasing reliant on the exploitation of poor people elsewhere - this is a therapeutic rant penned solely to counter the rise of heterophobia/misandry in some supposedly post-feminist tracts.]

 

 

Left eye-to-brain migraine sees

made-thin women all of a plastic muchness,

smooth faces above wrinkled necks,

as immaculately presented as

philanderers' wives; sees some

forty-plus picking-over-women become

dissatisfied lumps with legs; sees

whole lives overlaid with repetition, their

mowing of close-cropped lawns as regularly

as their chosen carpets are vacuumed; sees

surly schoolgirls serving Saturdays

in the bakers, marketed breasts wrapped

like bolsters to their chests; sees

women clothed fashionably uniform,

naked various; sees

them all leave damp towels

in heaps outside bathroom doors...

Sam Smith is editor of The Journal (once 'of Contemporary Anglo-Scandinavian Poetry') and publisher of Original Plus books.  At the moment living in Maryport, Cumbria, he has several poetry collections and novels to his name. (see website http://thesamsmith.webs.com/)