Militant Thistles

polemical poetry to prickle the politics of "permanent austerity"

atos Poor Doors Sheriff Stars spikes

thistles stretch their prickly arms afar

Black Triangle bedroom tax Disrupt and Upset

Josh Ekroy




Once the rich odour emerged it was noteworthy how short a time it took

to uncover illicit mushroom-cultivation. No senior humus-shoveller

was implicated. It was in March that we understood that Compostation plc

should have been cognisant of fungus-quotas although no law was broken and

there is no question of the forager footing the bill. As for the leaked -

illegally as it turns out - celebratory emails, they were different:

Forest-Floor had a penchant for turtle’s eggs; Scarlet Hood

promised themselves steak and sushi. Only as late as November,

Morels were laughing. Their Head of Spores can count himself unfortunate

to be let go, he serves at the pleasure of those who appointed him and had no direct

involvement in a salary of 750,000 Horn O’ Plenties. All his bosses are happy

and effected a strong defence of their mould-room growths. The Fungal Risk

Committee was split in two in late 2009; it was structured as a safeguard

for leaky trugs and was not totally invisible when a rogue truffler

was rampant in 2012 and justifiably did nothing when Shitake failed

to declare their Slippery Jack percentages - and were also silent.

The Fairy Ring Standards Commission, The Parliamentary Committee

for Shaggy Ink Caps, The Serious Puffball Office, The Chanterelles

of England Regulation Authority, The Chancellor of the Giant Funnel,

The Manure Submissions Tsar and Compassion in Meadow Growth

were all consulted. It’s in the nature of their roles that they must

operate in darkness, so it’s unreasonable to ask them to shine a torch

- however dim - on the spread of the Red-Banded Polypore.

Josh Ekroy's collection, Ways To Build A Roadblock, is published by Nine Arches Press. His poems appear in Magma, Ink Sweat & Tears, Lost Voices (Liquorice Fish) and many others.

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