News, by Lesley Quayle

Facebook has fake news,
The glitterati make news
And Shamima Begum wants to come home.

Education is failing,
NHS ailing
And Shamima Begum still wants to come home.

Food banks are rife
And the poor have no life,
But Shamima Begum still wants to come home.

Criminals abound
With few police to be found
But Shamima Begum just wants to come home.

Rape, assault and upskirting
Hashtag MeToo’s not working
But Shamima Begum still wants to come home.

Fat cats just smirk
As the lowly paid work
And Shamima Begum just wants to come home.

Elites need no persuasion
To enjoy tax-evasion
But Shamima Begum still wants to come home

So fuck off Theresa and Jacob the Toff,
Nigel Farage and Boris, Call-me-Dave, just fuck off
And fuck off to Jeremy, Diane and John,
Anti-semites and Brexit, fuck off and be gone.

And fuck off Shamima, seems like you’re on your own
For Sajid the Almighty says you’re not coming home.


Bio:  Lesley Quayle is a widely published, prizewinning poet, editor and folk/blues singer and, along with Stella Wulf, a founder of 4Word poetry press  See for full details.

What is a “homeboy” to do? (Sonnet), by Clara B. Jones

for Antwon Rose (d. 19 June 2018, 17 y.o., Allegheny County, PA)

  1. You can buy a house in Collegeville and paint it Federal Blue.
  2. You can join B.L. Matter and wear designer clothes.
  3. You can move to France and make Pinot Noir.
  4. You can pair caviar and collards.
  5. You can shave truffles on your mac’ & cheese.
  6. You can trade your I-Phone® for a bag of chips.
  7. Poetry disrupts the way we see the world, but you can vote Republican and save negroes.
  8. Pittsburgh is a modern ecosystem where you can buy Abstract Art.
  9. More people with depression are living full lives so you can weigh the benefits of therapy.
  10. The barrel is either half empty or half full (rat-a-tat-tat), but look on the bright side, cigarettes could cost more.
  11. Surrounded by violence, you can go anywhere.
  12. They may want to hurt you, but they don’t mean to kill you.
  13. Henredon® built teak vitrines for Kanye.
  14. Afrobots love the U.S.A.
    ..Clara B. Jones practices poetry in Silver Spring, MD (USA). She, also, conducts research on experimental poetry and radical publishing. Clara is author of four chapbooks and one volume (/feminine nature/, 2017, Gauss PDF), and her poetry, reviews, essays, and interviews have appeared, or are forthcoming, in various venues.