Monday, 1 October 2012

Catechism: Poems for Pussy Riot




The other day, I blogged about Poems for Pussy Riot, in support of three members of the Russian punk band - Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Maria Alyokhina and Yekaterina Samutsevich – who are currently serving a two year prison sentence. Today, protests are taking place all over the world, and so today we release 'Catechism: Poems for Pussy Riot' in which 110 poets shout loudly about feminism, and freedom of speech, and oppression. It includes poems by Sophie Mayer, Ali Smith, Melissa Lee-Houghton, Deborah Levy, Tim Atkins, David Caddy, Jay Griffiths, and many others, including a poem by me.

The book is available for download from the English Pen website as a .pdf or ebook. The book is distributed on the ‘Pay What You Think It’s Worth’ model popularised by Radiohead and others. All revenue will go to the Pussy Riot Legal fund, and the English PEN Writers at Risk Programme. So, please, go forth and have a read, and donate if you can.

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ALI SMITH

Song
Every time you say no
to something that’s wrong
a crack the size of a hair &
a single note of that song
inserts itself in the stone

the meaning of strong

it might take a short time it might take long

no
no
no

listen, millions of us singing along.

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