The On All Said Things Moratorium
Marianne Morris has been writing, performing and publishing poetry for over ten years. The On All Said Things Moratorium is her first collection.
LITTLE SONG WAR
Crouching down to compel you in this one,
On their bellies through thick olive branches they creep
‘There has never been anything more black than that kettle,’
‘Anyway the dance unit is electrifying,’ says a spokesman for the White
Brief moment of self-realisation. Will nothing quell the black?
‘This kettle is completely fucking black,’ says the pot,
Beneath the tomb of public opinion forms the crust of your pie.
'Little Song War' will appear in the Forward Prize Anthology 2015 as a specially commended poem.
As the documentation of culture, as the source material of history, and as a medium of resistance, we know that words have the power to shape us. The way that we speak to people shapes the way that they treat us, the way that we speak about ourselves creates certain permissions and impossibilities in our own lives. Therefore, the specific, intentioned, and pointed use of language may also constitute an attempt to change certain ideas – political or otherwise – that depend on language for their perpetuation.
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