For those who are not already aware, I’ve been working on a revised edition of my book ANTIFA over the past month or so, which is to include an extended introduction and ten new poems.
While I was pleased with the first edition of the book, there were a few things that were left unsaid, and shortly after publication I really had the urge to address these in the poetic form. I feel with this edition I’ve developed the depth and complexity of the struggle that anti-fascists (and indeed those who consider themselves “apolitical”) are faced with when opposed by the far-right.
This is the new cover of the revised edition of ANTIFA:
The extended intro and first few pages can be previewed for free here: http://www.andycarrington.co.uk/antifarevisededition
As for the new poems, here’s the ten in brief:
– ‘Dole Poem’
Written shortly after a four-month stay in hospital, I talk about my experiences on benefits and how difficult it is in the present day for even the most educated to find employment.
– ‘Evolution of the Bigot’
Fascist organisations aren’t quite as easy to define as they used to be; take the EDL as an example, which even has LGBT members in its ranks. While some may find this diversity encouraging, there is still a mutual hatred for Muslims that EDL members share; and as much as they will like to make out they’re not prejudice, this poem makes the point that their fascist rhetoric is still pretty clear to see.
– ‘Fuck Off, PPI (I’m Eating My Cereal)’
My view of Capitalism is that it is primarily a system based upon greed, where its believers are prepared to step on others in order to get where they want to be in life. PPI (an acronym for ‘Payment Protection Plan’) is the latest scam that has attempted to invade many people’s privacy through email and phone calls, and I, for one, refuse to fall victim to it in this poem.
– ‘Golliwogs for Small-Minded Children’
The Golliwog was(/is) a children’s character that is linked with a deeply racist past. The character once featured on the label of Robinson’s jam, but has since removed, prompting a backlash from many BNP members who complain this is a result of the “politically-correctness gone mad”.
– ‘At the Airport’
This poem raises the human right concept of freedom of movement, without country borders.
– ‘Reality Check’
The need to physically defend oneself from far-right bullying is put into perspective here.
– ‘All of a sudden EDL Members Think They’re Animal Rights Activists’
In similar vein to the ‘Evolution of the Bigot’ poem, I talk about how fascists often attempt to make out that they’re the “good guys” or “saviours”, when they’re anything but. The contradictory nature of their rhetoric is questioned in the mock-serious form.
– ‘“Ireland Shall Never be Separated from the Crown of England”’
A poem about sectarianism, and the conflict that is still going on in Northern Ireland as a result of its troubled past.
– ‘Points to Think About’
As I touched upon earlier, some modern fascist groups aren’t quite so “clear cut” as others are/used to be, and anti-fascists must be willing to use a variety of tactics in order to combat these. Fascists often try and play the victim; so as they attempt to change and become more “family-friendly” in the public eye, we should be open to new ideas of dealing with them.
– ‘Wake Up’
This is a poem specifically aimed at the fence-sitters and/or those who claim to want change but are too apathetic to do anything about it.