Daily Archives: November 29, 2016

No Blame to You by Susan Jordan

I am not a silent poet

You didn’t bother to wait till night;
you knew nobody would stop you,
not with all the English neighbours.

Easy to pretend the stone
the stone flew through the window by accident,
claim you couldn’t stop the dog
shitting on the doorstep

say you dropped your lighter and
what a pity the spark should happen
to catch the Polish house.

It wasn’t your fault: it can’t be
if you belong here. And how were you to know
they were still inside? You’d gone home

before the smoke-shocked faces, the arms
stripped to glistening flesh,
the child they kept on trying to wake.


Susan Jordan has an MA in Creative Writing from Bath Spa University and writes both poetry and prose. She has had poems published in a number of print and online magazines. Her first collection, A House of Empty Rooms, will be published in 2017.

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Percentage by JD Grant

I am not a silent poet

I don’t float in any particular direction.

I live in the space between,

separated by the same exact distance.

Both bring pain and frustration,

both bring happiness and joy.

I don’t feel trapped

or influenced in any way.

The direction I go in

can and will change constantly

throughout my existence on this earth.

I have long made peace with this.

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Fidel Castro by Ananya S Guha

I am not a silent poet

Fidel Castro
is dead
I remember college
Neruda and his poems
I suddenly remember
words such as communism
and  revolutionary
I remember the seventies
eighties. nineties
and the two hundreds
three hundreds I keep
looking at spaces and strands
of time, future in looking glass
Alice and her memories
Long live him
because he is dead
and he gave finally
that golden handshake
to immeasurable time.
In 2016 I read that he was dead
I actually forgot that he was alive
Now I will forget that
he is dead.

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