Proletarian Poetry (PP) 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. It is currently closed but operated between the years 2014 and 2020, featuring over 150 contemporary poets.
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 is a disabled working class poet, and editor. He is a former member of Malika’s Poetry Kitchen. In 2018, with Jane Commane he represented Coventry in Cork as part of an annual exchange between the two cities. 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. His latest book ‘Manland‘ was published by Nine Arches Press in July 2022. His debut pamphlet, The Harlot and the Rake: poems after William Hogarth will be published in 2023 by Culture Matters.
You can buy The Combination direct from Peter for £8 (incl P&P UK only)
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The header pictures are from Franco Clivio‘s collection of everyday objects.