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
We're held up by wires like
threads of giant spiders webs,
look down on cranes and construction sites
the dandruff dust on Pier Head,
the city struggling back to life,
bald heads of businessmen,
in Matchbox cars, red stop, green go,
the tide coming and going in great gulps.
We love these new buildings Ė they are
mirrors where we preen ourselves.
We are gritty and ancient, wings
spread like rumours across the city.
We make a nest in history,
but two beats of a wing and we could fly
on thermals rising up from heated streets.
Itís hard to perch so long, so still,
but we have a birdís eye view;
anywhere you see us, we see you Ė
across the city the suburbs, the water,
every movement, everything you do.
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.
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- 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
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