Blue Rain - Gavin Goodwin

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Blue Rain draws upon free verse forms in the tradition of William Carlos Williams to denote urban experience. Its register is often that of social realism but it expands that genre with references to other kinds of discourse such as architectural criticism, in the form of an essay from Design magazine, and sociology as in its reference to A Study of Corporate Power and Professional Influence in the Welfare State. It is impressive in creating, in that way, an original political poetry.

Ian Gregson

Extract

The Greenhouse Effect

Between the two cities, in huge greenhouses,
where wages are paid
for weight, not time,

we sweat, doubled-over, one to a cart —
twisting tomatoes
at speed from the vine …

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