Poetry

Mine, and occasionally others'.

DMWs at Loose Muse, London

11/07/2018 - 19:30

Janine will be performing poems from 'Disaffected Middle-aged Women' at LOOSE MUSE – London’s Premiere Women’s Writers Night.

Venue: upstairs @  The Sun Pub, 21 Drury Lane (on the corner of Betterton Street), London WC2B 5RH - 8.00 p.m. - doors open from 7.30 pm.  £6.00/£5.00 concessions. 

Launch of Grenfell Tower poetry anthology

27/04/2018 - 19:00

Janine is one of fifty poets who has contributed to this anthology of verse about the Grenfell Tower fire.

Join us at this launch event. Venue: Seven Dials Club, 42 Earlham St, WC2H 9LA.

Poets reading their work: Pat Winslow, Tom McColl, George Szirtes, Neil Reeder, Andrew Dixon, S.O. Fasrus, Peter A. Kelly, Gillian Laker, Caroline Maldonado, Janine Booth, Kevin Higgins, Nick Moss, Myra Schneider, Lindy Newns

Don't You Want Me, Henry?

You were flirting with a racist in a cocktail bar
When I met you
I picked you up, I turned and you walked out on your wife
It really was quite easy to do
Then two months later on my racist texts were exposed
Embarrassing as fuck for you
But don't forget that UKIP put you where you are now
And they can put you back down too

Requiem for Carillion

Once Thatcher sold our silver for a song
Our telephones, our water, power and steel
The vultures were not satisfied for long
They wanted snacks to follow up their meal

The public body's stripped, its clothes torn off it
So next they chopped its limbs off piece by piece
And tossed them to the hounds that sought to profit
And let the corporate speculators feast

Busted

Carillion’s
Made its billions
Now its debt is so big, its account’s in vermillion
With coldness reptilian
It dumps on civilians
Rides off into sunset; the Tories ride pillion
If it were not so serious, it would be vaudevillian

On Shitholes

A place becomes a shithole
when someone digs a hole and shits in it
Someone like you, Donald Trump,
and all the rulers and raiders
and tin-pot dictators
the speculators and devastators
the extractors and the malefactors

DMWs Driving History

When history tells of mighty kings
Who's working wonders in the wings?
Fighting battles, changing things?
Disaffected Middle-Aged Women!

In 1848 they came
To Seneca Falls to stake their claim
Mature and bolshy, never tame -
Disaffected Middle-aged Women!

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