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Isabel Galleymore Shortlisted for the 2020 John Pollard Foundation International Poetry Prize
We're delighted to announce the news that Isabel Galleymore ’s debut collection Significant Other has been shortlisted for the 2020 John Pollard Foundation International Poetry Prize! read more
Sinéad Morrissey Shortlisted for European Poet of Freedom Prize
We're delighted to announce the news that Sinéad Morrissey 's Forward Prize winning collection On Balance has been shortlisted for European Poet of Freedom Prize! read more
Lorna Goodison Awarded Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry
We are overjoyed to share the news that Lorna Goodison, Jamaica's poet laureate and a dear Carcanet author, has been selected as the recipient of the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry 2019. read more
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Little Red Poem

James Womack

If they ask for me tell them I have gone away
to lead my people and be led by them;
to take the thorny path that leads to the light
to struggle, suffer and finally prevail.

Tell them the only home a man can hope for
if he wish to prove his life worthwhile
is the struggle to create a home for all mankind,
not the lone sad fight from one day to the next.

Tell them that if they want me they shall find
my thoughts in others’ books, in others’ words,
that I am nothing but an honest vessel,
a witness to the truth and not the truth itself.

But do not tell them I am in the attic
behind the false partition, biting my arm in fear,
my gun by my side; that, although reluctant,
I could, at a pinch, employ it for the cause.

freely adapted from the Slovenian
Taken from 'New Poetries V'...
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