poetry

Me and the rabbit

I can never get you clean enough In slippered morning manic Indulging the precarious We straddle porcelain Me and the rabbit Straining necks to check Meringue stiff stucco Egg white whiskered This is not the view we wished for A rusty plug holed whore My Hitchcock retrospective Dizzy with psychobabble Down there all is wet and slick Loose gloop staining all For a second balance falters Imagine the catastrophe Alone and foetally deprived Split skull - bleeding into tap Flushed away with the coffee dregs Metallic stopper Silenced. ...

Guest post: The power of protest

With a memorial planned for the 200th anniversary in August 2019, The Peterloo Massacre is an atrocity that should never be forgotten. This guest post from J. T. Rattray reflects on an edition of The Culture Show about Maxine Peake's performance of Shelley's landmark poem on Peterloo at Manchester's International Festival last month ...

Actual headline

The Daily Telegraph keeps it classy with a blog post headlined "Ted Hughes's pain will never be intense enough for the Sylvia Plath harpies". ...