Wednesday, 31 December 2008

There's Always Hope...

The death and resurrection of the New Labour scam

Rumours of New Labour’s demise have been greatly exaggerated, writes Mark Cantrell, so woe betide anyone looking to the ‘party that will’ for a bit of genuine social justice in the coming year. In fact, New Labour isn’t dead – it is being reborn with a vengeance


Rewards Of Hard Work

Work Ethics
By Mark Cantrell


Pity a man
Who is compelled
To work hard.
He will never be Master,
Let alone Man,
Only ever
A slave.


Mark Cantrell,
Stoke-on-Trent,
1 December 2008


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Category: POETRY

Sunday, 28 December 2008

This Way, Please!

Road Signs
By Mark Cantrell

The Road to Hell,
They say,
Is paved with good intentions.
Well, the path underfoot
Certainly comes this way.
This is where the politicians gather,
To take our good intent,
Pimp it out,
And leave it,
Abused, bruised and weeping
In the gutter
On the Road to Hell.


Mark Cantrell,
Stoke-on-Trent,
4 December 2008


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Category: POETRY

Wednesday, 24 December 2008

For My Eyes Only

A little something for the shelves

IN a sense, I suppose it makes for an Xmas present to myself; in another sense it may acknowledge a certain subconscious sense of defeat. The answer is far from clear, emerging painfully slowly from its birth vat of circumstance and the future, but I took delivery this morning of a paperback copy of my second novel Citizen Zero.

Sunday, 14 December 2008

Picture This

Sign Of The Times Calling
By Mark Cantrell

BEFORE the days of carefully manipulated corporate branding, there was feudal heraldry, and out of this era and ethos evolved an art-form all of its own.

This was a more down-to-earth visual aesthetic fit to slake a good thirst – they were the signs that said ‘here be ale’. Welcome to the pub, in other words.

Friday, 12 December 2008

Out Of The Void Of Amnesia

Coming in 2009, a harvest of sweet and short fiction
Anthology of science fantasy and horror destined to burst into print

Isolation Space
'A Melange Of Short Fiction'

Wednesday, 3 December 2008

At This Juncture

No poet is an island

New Zealand zine 'Junctures: The Journal for Thematic Dialogue' is calling for poems, fiction, and creative non-fiction for its next issue on the theme of “island.”

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