polemical poetry to prickle the politics of "permanent austerity"
thistles stretch their prickly arms afar
Here is the news
Here is the morning news and this is
Today the Government will announce
a major new policy.
The deliberate leaks say it will contain
some exciting soundbites.
The important stuff will, of course, be lost
in the hundred pages that
we haven’t mentioned.
And tomorrow, we’ll have judged
that you’ll have lost
interest. So we won’t
tell you about it anyway.
Here is the lunchtime news and this is
A blonde, beautiful child is in a
Similar tragedies happen every day to
ugly children, black children and
adults with BO and nasal hair,
but we know this one will
tug the old strings. Anyway,
it’s cheaper than sending film crews to record
ignored wars and
another million refugees.
Jane Overton is a poet based in Ayrshire. She has read her work at a number of festivals including Stanza, Wickerman and the Edinburgh Fringe. She has been published in The Herald and has a pamphlet, Short Term Parking published by Calder Wood Press.
Here is the evening news and this is
A ‘celebrity’ has got into
a really huge mess this time.
We have spent months engaging you emotionally (suckers!)
And this fool is off the rails
due to the attention.
Shame it squeezed out
the latest Middle Eastern carnage.
Here is the late night news and this is
The Royals are throwing
a concert. Nice one!
Music and monarchy. So
not much chance of
proper news tonight.
But then, that suits your
shrinking attention spans.
We’ll run a story on you tomorrow,
blaming poor parenting and rotten schools.
And now, here’s a busty but brainy blonde
with the weather
and a jokey bloke
Or vice versa.
It no longer matters.