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25 Great Poems

1. Follow fundamentals

Millions tuned in to see the inauguration of the 46th US president, Joe Biden, on Capitol Hill last week. Many across America though felt angry and there were small acts of violence in some cities on the day.
The poem ‘Follow The Fundamentals’ was inspired by news events of last week.


2. A Nation's Stain

A few weeks ago, the leader of the Republic of Ireland apologised to the nation. It was after an investigation into the country’s so called mother and baby homes, the last of which shut only in 1998. The report made for harrowing and heartbreaking reading.
This poem ‘A Nation's Stain’ was written for those women and babies. May we never forget what they went through.


3. Tired

It’s tough for lots of us at the moment, you may have good days, you may feel like you only have bad.
January, Covid, lockdowns, shutdowns, being apart from loved ones — we are all feeling it.
This poem ‘Tired’ was inspired by Coronavirus news headlines this week.


4. Tri Color Phantoms

President Trump is the first US president in history to be impeached twice. It’s after riots by his supporters at the Capitol Building in Washington.
Read Anthony R Salandy’s poem inspired by those events.


5. When Evil Dies

Last week the serial killer Peter Sutcliffe died. He devastated the lives of so many families. Some of them spoke of a sense of closure now.
This is ‘When Evil Dies’


6. Jigsaw

US Election: who else is hooked? Waiting on the results from a few States then that map I keep seeing on my screen will be complete. Will those final pieces be red or blue?
This poem Jigsaw is inspired by what’s going on this week.


7. On Kobe's Wings

Last Sunday the LA Lakers won the NBA championship, nearly nine months after the death of Kobe and Gianna Bryant and seven others.
Sometimes sport is about much more than just a game and can lift people when they need it most. Enjoy this poem by our founder inspired by the magical NBA win.


8. The Ruler

You may have seen in the news a few weeks ago that the Emir of Kuwait died at 91. A.R. Salandy felt inspired to write this poem.


9.  The Minister's Wife

I recently reread Carol Ann Duffy’s #theworldswife, one of my favourite poetry collections. Inspired by the great woman herself and the news going on at the moment I wrote ‘The Minister’s Wife.


10. Why I'm taking to white people about race 


This poem, written by Aoife Hayes, was inspired by @renieddolodge and all those making a difference


11. I Hear Words

People are confused. Every day we are hearing words, expressions, phrases but are people reassured or even more confused about Covid restrictions? Here’s a poem called I Hear Words.


12. The Adobe of The Damned

Thousands have been left without shelter in Lesbos after that devastating fire last week. This poem - The Abode Of The Damned - was inspired by this.


13. The New Qualification

It’s inspired by the news stories we are hearing and reading about how exam results were graded in the UK in the wake of Covid.


14. The Dinghy

The pictures, the headlines, the stories we are seeing and reading this week from England’s Kent coast are truly heartbreaking.
The Dinghy was inspired by some of those headlines and images.


15. Beirut




16. Master of his craft



17. Adam 




18. Balancing Act



19. Ashes




20. 100 days of lockdown



21. Triptych Part 1



22. Behind Each Statistic



23.Monumental 


 24. I Can't  Breathe 



25. That Moment



26. Final Debate


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