Poem: Concerns

Today, in response to Ukip’s European election victory, Ed Miliband has announced that people who are concerned about immigration aren’t racist. 

This is my poetic response. 

 

CONCERNS

 

I’ve got concerns about immigration

But that doesn’t make me a racist

 

I mean

I don’t care what colour you are

But I think people should speak the Queen’s English

 

Look I’m not a racist

I like to holiday in Spain

I even have paella

Lovely timeshare apartment we’ve got

Everyone’s English so I don’t need to speak a word of

Espanola, ever

 

I’ve got concerns about immigration

But that doesn’t make me a racist

I saw it in the papers

There are primary schools

Where all the kids speak Polish

Or… Bangladesh

There’s no NHS places left at my dentists

Cause they’re right in there, aren’t they?

Look, I’m not racist

But there just isn’t that much space, it’s

 

Like my brother in law

Been out of work 3 years

Used to work for Carillion

(Whose CEO paid himself a bonus of 3 million

And blacklisted union reps)

But there’s no jobs, he says, for English

They don’t want them

They’d rather have a foreign

Cause they’re cheaper

See I’m not a racist

I’m just concerned about immigration

 

Cause you can’t fly the flag of St George any more, can you?

Or have a golliwog?

It’s all PC this, and they want a mosque on every corner

I saw it in the paper, they want Sharia law now

 

And I’m scared of losing English culture

I cling to my flimsy driftwood in a shipwreck

Made of my own fear

 

Well I’m this red and white flag

And I’m this green and pleasant land

And I’m pub gardens on an A-road

I’m picnic tables on asphalt

I’m warm beer

I’m Corby trouser press

I’m Typhoo tea

I’m boiled potatoes

Proud to be British

 

But I ‘spose that makes me a racist

 

I’ve got concerns about immigration

 

I’m in this tribe, I’m fencing myself in

With the B&Q decking that we bought

I’m going to stick my fingers in my ears

I’m going to live on a diet of panic and fear

In smudgy newsprint

 

I’m not going to look up

 

Never look up

 

I’ve not got concerns about a universal working class of every colour and nationality being shafted by corporations and the neoliberal Governments that serve them

 

No

 

I’ve not got concerns about exploitation

 

But

 

I’ve got concerns about immigration.

 

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There I am… with lots of lovely and brilliant poets in the poetry arena! It’s the tent to be in at this year’s Latitude..!

There I am… with lots of lovely and brilliant poets in the poetry arena! It’s the tent to be in at this year’s Latitude..!

At The Alarmist gig, Rough Trade records, Friday 2nd May.

At The Alarmist gig, Rough Trade records, Friday 2nd May.

Next gig: The Alarmist Mag issue 3 launch at Rough at Trade Records. 

With Richard Purnell, Fran Lock, Wesley Cooke, and Gary from Leeds. 
An early doors gig with poetry and stories in amongst the records and coffee drinkers. 

Tickets available from www.roughtrade.com

Next gig: The Alarmist Mag issue 3 launch at Rough at Trade Records.

With Richard Purnell, Fran Lock, Wesley Cooke, and Gary from Leeds.
An early doors gig with poetry and stories in amongst the records and coffee drinkers.

Tickets available from www.roughtrade.com

Word of the day: guazzabuglio (Italian)

oupacademic:

Photos from the PIE collective courtesy of Laura Kirby (March 2014)

Photos from the PIE collective courtesy of Laura Kirby (March 2014)

Hammer & Tongue, Hysteria, April 2014 
https://www.facebook.com/events/201371456739336/

Hammer & Tongue, Hysteria, April 2014 
https://www.facebook.com/events/201371456739336/

At Bang Said The Gun, February 2014 photo courtesy of Emily Herriot

At Bang Said The Gun, February 2014

photo courtesy of Emily Herriot
Next gig: Capital Pie Collective at The Russett, Hackney Downs Studios. A night of art, music, poetry and pie. March 7th 

Next gig: Capital Pie Collective at The Russett, Hackney Downs Studios. A night of art, music, poetry and pie. March 7th 

What though?!
At Lipped Ink, February. Photo courtesy of Sarah Murray-Thompson

What though?!

At Lipped Ink, February. Photo courtesy of Sarah Murray-Thompson

Featured Act at Bang Said The Gun- 20th Feb… be there or be a right silly billy. 

Featured Act at Bang Said The Gun- 20th Feb… be there or be a right silly billy. 

Looks like I’ll be vomiting ink at the Poetry Cafe tomorrow. Or perhaps I’ll stick to performing poems. Come! Feel adventurous for braving the tube strike and boldly making your way to Covent Garden!

Looks like I’ll be vomiting ink at the Poetry Cafe tomorrow. Or perhaps I’ll stick to performing poems. Come! Feel adventurous for braving the tube strike and boldly making your way to Covent Garden!

Delighted to be performing at another inc zine interactive poetry party, this time to celebrate the long-awaited issue 6!
It’s just after payday (hooray), and in Frisky Fun February, not dull, dry Yawnuary,  so you can celebrate with one of the book club's delicious cocktails, if you wish. Just one, mind. It's on a school night. Oh alright, two. Three at the MOST. Don't you think you've had enough? God, you always do this. 
Anyway! An exciting line-up with salenagodden, Sam Berkson, Clive Birnie, Sh’maya and Selina Nwulu. So expect it to be political, filthy, funny, lyrical, moving and human. Boom. 
Tickets here. 

Delighted to be performing at another inc zine interactive poetry party, this time to celebrate the long-awaited issue 6!

It’s just after payday (hooray), and in Frisky Fun February, not dull, dry Yawnuary,  so you can celebrate with one of the book club's delicious cocktails, if you wish. Just one, mind. It's on a school night. Oh alright, two. Three at the MOST. Don't you think you've had enough? God, you always do this. 

Anyway! An exciting line-up with salenagodden, Sam Berkson, Clive Birnie, Sh’maya and Selina Nwulu. So expect it to be political, filthy, funny, lyrical, moving and human. Boom. 

Tickets here. 

Back to school just happened with a loud, dark thunderclap. Escape January’s driving rain and relentless grimness with a lovely night at the twinkly Kahaila cafe on Brick Lane. It’s cheap, (bring your own booze), it’s lovely, and it’s just what we all need right now.
There’s Richard Purnell, of course, and Jamie Smart, Anthony Fairweather, Andrew James Brown, and music from The Yes Mess. And little ole me doin’ some poems and that. See? LOVELY. 

Back to school just happened with a loud, dark thunderclap. Escape January’s driving rain and relentless grimness with a lovely night at the twinkly Kahaila cafe on Brick Lane. It’s cheap, (bring your own booze), it’s lovely, and it’s just what we all need right now.

There’s Richard Purnell, of course, and Jamie Smart, Anthony Fairweather, Andrew James Brown, and music from The Yes Mess. And little ole me doin’ some poems and that. See? LOVELY. 

Poetry Dreams #2
When you go to the Self-Service Checkout
The screen says
Would you like your receipt
YES/NO
Then
Would you like a poem
YES/NO
And people would lovingly fold
Their favourites
And keep them in their wallets

Poetry Dreams #2

When you go to the Self-Service Checkout

The screen says

Would you like your receipt

YES/NO

Then

Would you like a poem

YES/NO

And people would lovingly fold

Their favourites

And keep them in their wallets