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Alternative Cabaret

Before stand up comedy forced a divorce it was usually to be found with it’s hand on the knee of poetry at alternative cabaret gigs. This review of a fairly typical gig is from Trax, number 2, 18 – 24 February, 1981.

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Katerina Gogou

Our life is jack-knifings
in dirty dead-ends
rotten teeth, faded slogans
basso vestiario
smell of piss antiseptic
and spoilt sperm. Ripped-off posters.
Up and down. Up and down Patission Ave. 101 more words

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Miner Poets

The poster and bill for a 1984 gig in support of the NUM during the miners strike.

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The Martyrs Of Hell

This poem by anarchist poet Lola Ridge is from Emma Goldman’s magazine Mother Earth, vol 4, issue 2.

The Martyrs of Hell
By Lola Ridge.
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Ann Ziety

The Outrage

In the outrage of the afternoon
The velvet couch smothered the waste paper basket until it was dead
the lamp flex strangled the dining room chairs till they croaked into splinters… 224 more words

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Corruption

Corruption

The USA
ain corrupt cause
it’s racist;
it’s racist cause
it’s corrupt.

Sam Greenlee

This poem is from Sam Greenlee’s 1975 collection Ammunition – Poetry and Other Raps.

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Your Hetrosexual Violence

SWells tears pop plums a new one in the NME, 28 January, 1984.

Your Hetrosexual Violence

London Thames Poly

Wilhem Reich was of the opinion that the German masses flocked to the banner of the Crooked Cross as a result of overly savage potty training and orgasm starvation. 186 more words

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