Letter to the Earth and Other Poems : What if … ?

Presented here is a small number of poems – a mini-pamphlet’s worth -written following an initial invitation to take part in Culture Declares Emergency’s Bath event in the Spring of 2019. My own Letter to the Earth – which I read aloud in Walcot Chapel – was written first, together with On Waterloo Bridge, and What if?, on the eve of Extinction Rebellion’s International Rebellion. I wrote the remainder in two separate periods in 2019, and 2020. The 2019 sequence was ‘Highly Commended’ in Red Line Art Works’ Annual Awards in 2019.  Follow the links below to access the poems, presented here in reverse order.

What if … ?

What if it doesn’t work?

What then?

What if the First World War ended because the German navy – armed – turned on Berlin?

What if the NHS and the welfare state came about because the British Army – armed – returned home?

What if violence doesn’t speak non-violence, as Malcolm said?

What if illegal detention, collateral murder and the death of press freedom,

Or, say, children marching around, mass extinction, and existential threats are less interesting than the lawn, or Kim Kardashian?

What then?

What then?