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Poetry for the Many
Poetry for the Many: An Anthology | Len McCluskey, Jeremy Corbyn
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Jeremy Corbyn and Len McCluskey collaborated to help achieve the biggest electoral success for socialism in recent British history. The two men share a passionate belief in a fairer, more equal Britain, encapsulated in Labour's election slogan "For the many, not the few." That slogan, inspired by Shelley's famous poem The Masque of Anarchy, points to something else the two have in common: a lifelong enthusiasm for poetry. In this sparkling anthology they discuss the poems that have moved and enlightened them. Their choices travel over centuries and continents, with poets ranging from Shakespeare and Juana de la Cruz, through William Blake and Emily Dickinson, to Bertolt Brecht, Stevie Smith and Maya Angelou. Rounding out the collection are appreciations of poems selected by guest contributors Melissa Benn, Russell Brand, Rob Delaney, Julie Hesmondhalgh, Ken Loach, Morag Livingstone, Francesca Martinez, Karie Murphy, Maxine Peake, Michael Rosen, Alexei Sayle and Gary Younge. With the burgeoning popularity of poetry, especially among Gen Z, this joyful celebration of the power of verse is bound to delight and inspire across a wide audience. All royalties from sales of this book will be donated to the Peace and Justice Project.
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arlenefinnigan
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This is a brilliant collection. Powerful, radical, eclectic. There are a lot of classics that you'll probably be familiar with here (I don't recommend reading Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night by Dylan Thomas in a cafe a week after you've watched a parent die btw) but, like all good anthologies, there were new discoveries that I want to follow up.

arlenefinnigan From Moss Side: For Morris by Carla Henry made me want to read more of Carla Henry's work and to find out more about Olive Elaine Morris, and Welling by Hannah Lowe is so evocative, I definitely need to read more of her work. And Jeremy Corbyn is a much better poet than you might think. (he is, shut up) 6mo
TrishB Great review 😘 6mo
arlenefinnigan @TrishB ta. Len McCluskey manages to mention Liverpool in every introduction 😉 6mo
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Poetry for the Many: An Anthology | Len McCluskey, Jeremy Corbyn
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Sometimes poetry and vodka is the only thing that's gonna make you feel any better #BooksAndBooze

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Oof. This poem is hitting hard right now. My mum passed away last Saturday after being ill for a few months with lung cancer and my God, did she rage against the dying of the light.

TrishB Sorry to hear about your Mum 💔 take care. 6mo
arlenefinnigan @TrishB thanks, I appreciate it x 6mo
Dilara So sorry for your loss. These last few months can't have been easy too. 6mo
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Librarybelle So sorry for your loss 6mo
arlenefinnigan @Dilara thanks xxx yeah, it's been a very difficult time. 6mo
quietlycuriouskate Oh God, that's tough. I am so sorry. 6mo
Ruthiella So sorry to hear that. You have my condolences. ❤️ 6mo
arlenefinnigan @Ruthiella thank you x 6mo
Reggie I‘m so s sorry. 6mo
arlenefinnigan @Reggie thank you x 6mo
CarolynM I‘m so sorry, Arlene💕 I‘ve not been around much lately and have only just seen this. My mother has dementia which frequently makes her paranoid and aggressive. We have been thinking of it as her raging against the dying of the light. 6mo
Bookwomble So sorry to hear of your loss, Arlene ♥️ 6mo
arlenefinnigan @CarolynM I'm so sorry to hear that. Dementia's a horrible illness, especially for the loved ones caring for someone with it x 6mo
arlenefinnigan @Bookwomble thank you x 6mo
CarolynM Thank you. There‘s no good way to loose someone you love. 6mo
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Awwwww. I asked Andy to get me this but I didn't think he would, we're VERY opposite politically and he's not a fan of Jeremy Corbyn and Len McCluskey. All the best everyone, I hope you got the books you wanted xxx

Ruthiella Happy Holidays! It‘s lovely to get a book you really wanted. 7mo
CarolynM All the best to you too💕 7mo
arlenefinnigan @Ruthiella all the best! 7mo
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