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
The Last Edition
The Echo seller,
no longer shouting just crouching,
counting his moments to closure
watches the last fumes of his evening tea
but fade in the starting.
In the dim light of the kiosk,
just small change
lying at random,
beside the old sandwiches,
kit-kats and cans.
The price you pay for
Red and Blue calamities
production lines and business risk.
Two figures part on the pavement
eyes meeting in a short farewell,
the one springs up
boarding a bus for West Derby
full of light and promise;
stumbles on the curb
into the underworld of empty trains.
The sharp stars fix their diamonds on the tarmac.
Frost on the ground,
glitter from the halogens above
and minus three below.
Dressed to club in metallic crimson,
just tight enough to breathe.
Cut low, no straps
and nearer waist than foot.
She screams at the taxis,
Swaying on heels,
Falling to the ground,
but arm in arm with friends
they go down laughing together.
He doesn’t hear the commotion
Sitting on the platform
In his cavern of white ceramic tiles, stale air
and the distant rumble of movement
somewhere in dark tunnels.
Twenty minutes to fill
With only a few hunched figures minding themselves.
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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