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

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Daily Poem

Times They Are A'Changing

I wandered lonely as a cloud,
through the town where I was born.
A city steeped in history,
about to be reborn.
Places once familiar,
I scarcely recognised,
The Phoenix from the ashes, rising,
before my very eyes.

The Liver Birds in majesty,
above the Liver clock,
Now gaze in awe and wonder
at the thriving Albert Dock.
As they recall the old Dock Road,
along which we once strode,
With merchant ships from foreign ports,
waiting to unload.

The Chavasse Park development, a hive of industry,
Cranes rise in adulation to Captain Chavasse, the V.C.
The busy city centre, changing constantly.
Modernised, pedestrianised, bright and litter-free!

In proud Bold Street I stand and gaze,
remembering my childhood days,
When Bold Street served the town’s elite,
now busy as a market street!
And Concert Square, once dull and drear,
smart apartments now appear.
With wine-bars where the young folk meet,
at tables set out in the street.

And the old Tea Warehouse still holds the memory
Of aromatic cargoes, brought by the ships from sea.
Now a modern building, bringing up to date
New artists to the city, in the year 2008.

Yes, Liverpool is changing, yet there will ever be,
Sights to still remind us of our proud history.
Dear St Luke’s church on Leece Street still stands in dignity
A stoical memorial, to war’s iniquity.

So now it’s time to celebrate the past 800 years,
Look forward to the future as 2008 draws near.
Raise up your glass and give a toast

Joan Phillips

Future Plans

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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Great Links

Pete Price Radio City 10.00 pm Sun - Thursday (read him some poetry!)

Claire Hamilton Arts and Culture Show Sunday 1-4pm Radio Merseyside

Write Out Loud
Dead Good Poets Society
Magical History Tour
The celebrations for 700 years in 1907

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