Proletarian Poetry is a home for poets and poems that portray working class lives from many different angles; corrugated iron and bricks, brass bands, rogues, grandparents, historical figures, imprisoned poets, the contradictions of capitalism and communism, suffragettes, homeless, transgender revolutionaries, postman, bookmakers, and many, many more.
Its title is a tribute to the US movement of the 1920s with such poets as Langston Hughes (Read more: Introduction)
It is intended to include all forms of poetry: persona, personal, plain, lyrical, vernacular, and performance. Poems will of course cover the struggle but will also celebrate the everyday of working class life. Poems that pick out the unusual, the unsaid, and the unpopular.
PP is edited by Peter Raynard (@peter_raynard). Peter is a poet, playwright, and editor. He is a member of Malika’s Poetry Kitchen. His debut collection, ‘Precarious’ was published in April, 2018 by Smokestack Books. He has also written The Combination: a poetic coupling of the Communist Manifesto, published by Culture Matters.
You can buy The Combination from Culture Matters for £6 (plus £1.50 P&P) here.
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The header pictures are from Franco Clivio‘s collection of everyday objects.