It is necessary for the socialist poet to have

more impressive technical equipment than his
apolitical contemporaries because his task is that much more important. Alan Bold


Latest Editorial Iain Duncan Smith's Massacre of the Claimants: "Death Stats" Reveal 91,740 Sickness Claimants Died Between Jan 2011 and Feb 2014/ A Change of Heart: The Great Labour Heart Transplant
Obituary Alan Morrison Pays Tribute to Brenda Williams (10 Dec 1948-19 July 2015)
Obituary Alan Morrison Pays Tribute to Reginald Perrin Creator David Nobbs R.I.P.
New Reviews Kevin Saving on Clive James' Poetry Notebook/ Sentenced To Life (Picador)
A Bumper Smokestack Review Part 1: Alan Morrison on Clare Saponia
and John Berger/ Part 2: Alan Morrison on Jo Colley and Gordon Hodgeon
Alan Morrison on Barry Tebb's Cut Flowers – Selected Poems 1964-2015 (Sixties Press)
Alan Morrison on Jack Lindsay's Who are the English?
Jaydeep Sarangi on Nathalie Buckland's Shards & Figments
R.G. Foster on Martin Espada's The Meaning of the Shovel and
Judith Kazantzis' Sister Invention (Smokestack)
Reviews Alan Morrison on Two Greece-Related Smokestacks: Yiannis Ritsos'
Romiosini and Crisis – 30 Greek Poets on the Crisis (Smokestack)
Reviews Dave Russell on Anthony James' Amputated Souls,
Polemic Geoffrey Heptonstall Psst. Have You Heard About..?
Rostrum David Kessel on Schizo Care
Reviews Alan Morrison on Keith Howden's Jolly Roger & Steve Ely's Oswald's
Book of Hours    
Translations Hungarian poets Miklós Radnóti, György Faludy & Hanna Szenes
(tr. Thomas Ország-Land)
New Poems Brenda Williams, Barry Tebb, Alan Morrison, Frank Praeger, Sam Silva,
Keith Armstrong, John Porter, Amir Darwish, J.P. Celia, Donal Mahoney, Jim Morris,
James B. Nicola, Ray Miller, Thomas Ország-Land, C.B. Anderson, Sarah Gonnet,
Dah Helmer, Alan Dunnett, Vladislav Martynovitch, Antony Johae, Phil Wood,
Chris Vaillancourt, Neil Fawcett, Tom Kelly, Peter Branson, David Kessel, Olfa Drid,
Kalayni Thakur, Ian C. Smith, John Quicke, Kevin N. Jelf, Michael Wyndham, Julie Whitby
Poetic Prose Sarah Gonnet, Ron Singer, Alan Price, Sean J Mahoney, Christopher Allen
Prose Peter Street's Memoir of a Gravedigger (Chapter 1) and Charlie Grey

it is wrong ... to imagine that the currently fashionable and approved constitutes the work of permanent importance  Alan Bold (1970)

Modern English polite society...
seems to me as corrupt as consciousness of culture and absence of honesty can make it. A canting, lie-loving, fact-hating, scribbling, chattering, wealth-hunting, pleasure-hunting, celebrity-hunting mob 
George Bernard Shaw
 An Unsocial Socialist (1883)

The want of poetical power is the impelling force in the case of most versifiers. They would fain be poets, and imagine that the best way is to try to write poetry and to publish what they write. They will never see their mistake.
Equus asinus still believes that the possession of an organ of noise is sufficient, with a little practice, to enable him to sing like a nightingale. 
John Davidson (1857 – 1909)