This post is all about loss.
I recently came across a site called I am not a silent poet which “welcomes quality poems of protest. ….. looks for poems about abuse in any of its forms.” Yesterday Reuben Woolley, who set up the site, accepted one of my poems which you can read here.
There are lots of other poems up there to be explored, though of course it’s not exactly light reading.
Last Saturday, National Libraries Day, there was a rally to show support for the Library of Birmingham and to protest against proposed cuts to this new award-winning facility. Here’s an extract from a speech made by Benjamin Zephaniah on the day: “This library is a great example of how to invest in the intellectual and cultural life of the people of Birmingham. Its opening filled me with pride. I was telling my friends all over the world that Birmingham was the place to be, but in a very short time I have gone from pride to fear. I fear that cuts to this library will signal the beginning of the end for this wonderful place.” For more information about the campaign visit https://birminghamlibrariescampaigns.wordpress.com/
I am lines
on a sepia page
dots on eyes
tear me out
and shed my tears
leave my print
where ink has worn
© Heather Wastie
So much of our cultural and artistic life has suffered from severe cuts over the past few years. Now the Artrix Theatre in Bromsgrove (so much more than just a theatre) has been asked to prove its worth before the council agrees to fund it. A Facebook page has been set up to gather information and garner support. To find out more, show support and add your voice see https://www.facebook.com/pages/What-Does-the-Artrix-Bromsgrove-Mean-to-Its-Community/1626825630872017?fref=ts My comments are already up there.
For an indication of how much has already been lost in the arts take a look at http://www.lost-arts.org/. If you believe, like I do, in the importance of investment in culture and the arts, please consider this when deciding who to vote for in the election.