Over 400 poets contributed 800 poems to celebrate Liverpool's 800th year. You can read them all here, just click anywhere on the picture of the Liver Building. Alternatively, you can select poems from a list
Ancient estuary , majestic river
coursing life , vim , vigour
Left my home whence i was free
set my sights 'cross the Irish sea
Forced off my land , made to flee
Liverpool , you welcomed me
Worked forty years on canal , road and rail
never to falter , never to fail
No decree , no medal is heading my way
but this is my home now , its where i shall stay
Theres a new wave of people heading this way
from china , from Poland and Baltic states
Treated like lepers by the bigoted few
made to do jobs no others will do
Stand shoulder to shoulder in this mongrel land
where no-ones excluded , displaced or banned
Teach your children , help them understand
it was immigrant sweat that helped build this land
To we tried to get poem800 published in book form but with 800 poems we couldn't find a publisher, also it was too expensive for us to print ourselves via vanity press so we regret that we have been unable to get it published. But we decided to leave it published on the internet i.e. running with a random poem every day (at our expense) and if anyone has any ideas on how to publish please get in touch.
Finally if If you wish to make a donation to Zoe's place please follow their link below.
- All poems are protected by copyright and are not to be reproduced without permission.
- We hold no responsibility for the claimed authorship of poems.
- We will not enter into correspondence about any entry.
Pete Price Radio City 10.00 pm Sun - Thursday (read him some poetry!)
Claire Hamilton Arts and Culture Show Sunday 1-4pm Radio Merseyside
Liverpool Poem 800 is brought to you in association with the North West Disability Arts Forum
Zoe's Place Baby Hospice
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