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
Remembered in sepia tones: the Liverpool shipyard,
rusting derricks gaunt against a steel-grey sky,
where my uncle Richard hammered and welded
year after year in the salty diesel air,
sustained by cigarettes and bacon butties
and mug tea from the cafe across the tracks.
Off-duty, scrubbed, he always still reeked
of oil and metal and flux and rust and paint.
Even the acrid smoke from his roll-your-owns
(Player’s Extra tobacco, dark and waxy)
couldn’t mask a lifetime of rivets and welds,
the cold Mersey deep in his creaking bones.
The clang of hammers, the rattle of dockside trams —
as our Nan used to say — rang in his voice.
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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