Arts Articles

A Quaker Woman Sends a Christmas Card to a President

05 December 2019 | by Dana Littlepage Smith | 1 comment

'No man can be despised / into goodwill.' | Kadir Celep / Unsplash.

This woman burns a mouse-bitten pinch of wax that passes for a candle, as she focuses the diamond of her mind on Donald.

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Why I Wear Your Socks Today

21 November 2019 | by Dana Littlepage Smith | 1 comment

'This is why I wear your socks today.' | Paula May / Unsplash.

I wear your socks today so that I can see more deeply into the old woman ahead of me in the post office. She is ashamed to be so slow. She says sorry, sorry to the queue as she shakes in her girlish jeans. I repeat the words you taught...

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‘There is no audience quite like a prison audience.’

14 November 2019 | by Lynn Morris

‘Are we speaking out as yet about the two women a week being killed by abusive partners?’ | Courtesy of Journeymen Theatre.

October was Domestic Violence Awareness Month and those who noticed were encouraged to wear purple to show their support. I have to ask, who actually did know? At Journeymen Theatre, as we engage with audiences all over the UK, performing our play on domestic abuse Rock And A Hard Place,...

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Poem: A Friend reads Psalm 139 in Meeting

14 November 2019 | by Lucy Crispin | 1 comment

'Together we wait through breaths...' | Carolyn V / Unsplash.

I sit in a different seat today. Cutting it fine, Friends slip in, join the deepening stillness. The crunch of tyres on gravel, a door-tongue carefully released, the known slow tap of ferrule on floorboard: the small sounds stir the silence which settles again, as water over a pebble or...

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Silent school

07 November 2019 | by Jonathan Wooding

'Wordless, nevertheless, I turn my mind / to the plain vase gifted with peonies' | Alex Seinet / Unsplash.

Three high windows deliver the movement of summer trees and light on a central table, water jug, vase, flowers, books.

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‘I don’t think poetry can be apolitical.’

FREE 26 September 2019 | by Joseph Jones

Jamie Hale. | Becky Bailey, the Barbican.

Your work often deals with your own sense of mortality, and it’s not often we do interviews on hospital wards. Can you tell us a bit about why you’re here? I’m on a treatment that is difficult to provide at home. I’ve got an underlying condition...

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Three bereavement poems

19 September 2019 | by Jean Harbour

'...hankering for the walks we shared.' | Oliver Hihn / Unsplash.

August 7th 2017 Today is not the day, but even in the early dawn I knew it as a day of change, of certainty of things to come. That day was close. Nurses worked with kindliness while visitors inhaled the tension and departed. But mostly I remember a day of whispering...

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O brother man

05 September 2019 | by John Greenleaf Whittier

'Love shall tread out the baleful fire of anger, / And in its ashes plant the tree of peace.' | Rob Mulally / Unsplash.

O brother man, fold to thy heart thy brother; Where pity dwells, the peace of God is there; To worship rightly is to love each other, Each smile a hymn, each kindly deed a prayer.

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Imperial Voyages of Discovery

29 August 2019 | by Penelope Quinton | 2 comments

'...I am no better than I ought to be.' | Himesh Kumar Behera / Unsplash.

Imperial voyages of discovery – rich chancers manning expeditions almost always equipped with the following: (1) pith helmet (ivory coloured), (2) expensive English public-school education, (3) penis. (the third item made compulsory by the second – although this item is now seen as optional at more progressive fee-paying educational establishments).

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The last days

22 August 2019 | by Sam Donaldson

'If these days are the last days...' | Caleb Ekeroth / Unsplash.

If these days are the last days I will prepare my hours a will and testimony each breath a gift each smile a legacy to pass on to the soil for the next great ascendency

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