Powe and Conflict Poetry Anthology

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Ozymandias
“Half sunk, a shattered visage lies” “Stamped on these lifeless things” “My name is Ozymandias, king of kings” “look on my works ye mighty and despair” “nothing besides remains” “boundless and bare”
1 of 15
London
“near where the chartered Thames does flow” “marks of weakness, marks of woe” “the mind forged manacles” “Every black’ning church appalls” “runs in blood down palace walls” “youthful harlot’s curse” “the marriage hurse”
2 of 15
Extract from, The Prelude
“I unloosed her chain” “it was an act of stealth and troubled pleasure” “she was an elfin pinnace” “ a huge peak, black and huge” “with trembling oars I turned” “back to the covert of the willow tree”
3 of 15
My last Duchess
“That’s my last Duchess painted on the wall” “the curtain I have drawn for you” “will’t please you sit and look at her?” “She thanked men,-good!” “My gift of a nine-hundred-year-old name” “I gave commands; then all smiles stopped together”
4 of 15
The Charge of the Light Brigade
“Half a league, half a league, half a league onward” “into the valley of death” “was there a man dismay’d?” “Theirs not to make reply, theirs not to reason why, theirs not to do and die” “all that was left of them” “storm’d at with shot and shell”
5 of 15
Exposure
“Our brains ache” “merciless iced east winds that knife us” “wearied we keep awake” “but nothing happens.” “Like twitching agonies of men” “what are we doing here?” “Black with snow” “flowing flakes that flock” “slowly our ghosts drag home”
6 of 15
Storm on the Island
“We are prepared” “we build our houses squat” “roof them with good slate” “the wizened earth has never troubled us” “pummels your house too” “no trees, no natural shelter” “exploding comfortably” “spit like a tame cat turned savage” “huge nothing”
7 of 15
Bayonet Charge
“Suddenly he awoke and was running” “raw-seamed hot khaki” “bullets smacking the belly out of the air” “patriotic tear” “was he the hand pointing that second?” “Threw up a yellow hare” “his terrors touchy dynamite”
8 of 15
Remains
“On another occasion” “probably armed, possibly not” “somebody else and somebody else” “rips through his life” “sort of inside out” “I’m home on leave. But I blink” “week after week” “pain itself the image of agony” “his bloody life in my bloody hand
9 of 15
Poppies
“Individual war graves” “spasms of paper red” “blockade of yellow bias” “sellotape bandage” “gelled blackthorns of your hair” “flattened, rolled, turned into felt” “slowly melting. I was brave” “single dove flew” “leaned against it like a wishbone”
10 of 15
War Photographer
“He is finally alone” “suffering set out in ordered rows” “all flesh is grass” “which did not tremble then” “half-formed ghost” “a hundred agonies in black-and-white” “tears between baths and pre-lunch beers” “they do not care” “running children”
11 of 15
Tissue
“Paper that lets the light shine through” “smoother and strokes and turned” “fine slips from grocery shops” “fly our lives like paper kites” “a way to trace a grand design” “turned into your skin”
12 of 15
The Emigrée
“The ince was a country…” “it may be sick with tyrants” “as time rolls it’s tanks” “the frontiers rise between us” “I have no passport, there’s no way back at all” “they accuse me of being dark” “their free city” “they mutter death” “my shadow falls”
13 of 15
Checking Out Me History
“Dem tell me” “what dem want to tell me” “bandage up me eye with me own history” “blind to me own identity” “1066 and all dat” “no dem never tell me bout that” “a healing star…yellow sunrise” “checking out me history” “I carving out me identity”
14 of 15
Kamikaze
“A samurai sword in the cockpit” “one-way journey” “he must have looked far down” “flashing silver as their bellies swivelled towards the sun” “safe to the shire, salt-sodden, awash” “my mother never spoke again” “which had been the better way to die
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Card 2

Front

“near where the chartered Thames does flow” “marks of weakness, marks of woe” “the mind forged manacles” “Every black’ning church appalls” “runs in blood down palace walls” “youthful harlot’s curse” “the marriage hurse”

Back

London

Card 3

Front

“I unloosed her chain” “it was an act of stealth and troubled pleasure” “she was an elfin pinnace” “ a huge peak, black and huge” “with trembling oars I turned” “back to the covert of the willow tree”

Back

Preview of the back of card 3

Card 4

Front

“That’s my last Duchess painted on the wall” “the curtain I have drawn for you” “will’t please you sit and look at her?” “She thanked men,-good!” “My gift of a nine-hundred-year-old name” “I gave commands; then all smiles stopped together”

Back

Preview of the back of card 4

Card 5

Front

“Half a league, half a league, half a league onward” “into the valley of death” “was there a man dismay’d?” “Theirs not to make reply, theirs not to reason why, theirs not to do and die” “all that was left of them” “storm’d at with shot and shell”

Back

Preview of the back of card 5
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