‘Making a Stand’ published in Poetry24

My poem ‘Making a Stand’ has been published in the UK-based online journal Poetry24, ‘where news is the muse’ 🙂

Click on this link to have a looksee.

The poem is about the recent controversy over the T.S. Elliot Prize for Poetry.

Here is a run-down:

Poets are rebelling!

Have you heard about the recent controversy over the T.S. Elliot Prize for Poetry (£15,000 for the winner; £1,000 for those on the short-list) run by the UK based Poetry Book Society.

The prize is awarded to the author of the best new collection of poetry published in the UK and Ireland each year.

The Poetry Book Society’s funding was reduced because of Government cutbacks. The Society needed to find money from elsewhere. They eventually attracted a three-year sponsorship deal from Aurum Funds Management.

Happy days! Think again.

British poet Alice Oswald (and past winner of the award) was so unhappy with the selection of the sponsor that she withdrew her nomination. Aurum Funds Management is, among other things, a hedge fund manager.

Australian poet John Kinsella also withdrew his nomination for the lucrative poetry prize. He describes hedge funds as the ‘pointy end of capitalism’.

Will anyone else jump ship?

You’ll have to pop over to Poetry24 if you want to know more 😉

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22 thoughts on “‘Making a Stand’ published in Poetry24

    • No they can’t – there’s a lot of gallery’s etc., that rely on funds from the corporate sector – where do you draw the line if you make a stand (do you stop having superannuation, do you stop going to art galleries and the theatre) – you’d spend so much time working out if a company is ‘ethical’ it would do your head in (plus you would also have to give up your iphone, ipad, pc etc., because they are made from child slave labour – or maybe that doesn’t count).

  1. Well, at least that nefariously earned money is being put to some good use 😉
    I applaud both poets for standing up for what they believe in, but not all poets are against capitalism, are we? hehe

    Congrats, Gabe – I love all the jabs in this!

    • Certainly not bluebee – hahahaha! Maybe John Kinsella’s finances need investigating to see if he has any capitalist connections 😉 – hope he doesn’t have superannuation (God forbid); hope he keeps his coins under the bed and not in a bank. Just in case you don’t go back to Poetry24, the last line below my name about TS Eliot being a banker – that is just the link to the news story that prompted the poem (not part of the poem).

  2. Good on you, Gabe. You continue to be an inspiration. It’s interesting, isn’t it? I don’t know what I’d do if I got the book deal I’ve always wanted and then found out the money came from somewhere like the BP literary development fund. I just don’t think I could take the money. Not after the amount of time I’ve spent going on about the Gulf oil spill.The trouble is that most of the large amounts of money circulating in the economy right now come from a corporate source so what’s a poor writer living on 2 minute noodles and the smell of a rag dipped in wagyu beef stock to do?

    Maybe Bluebee’s right. Maybe nefariously earned money can be put to good use!

    • It’s a hairy one Selma 😉 I think it really depends on the degree of nefariousness – now if it was BP I might take a back step, or slave traders or the nuclear industry – but hedge funds as only one part of an overall investment management fund (that makes all those charities that rely on gambling revenue look real bad – haha).

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