Still angry after all these years: heroes of Ranting poetry keep the flame alive

Write Out Loud reviews Stand Up and Spit – The Big One. 

The Big J, Janine Booth, was a proper Ranting poet in the 1980s, who has returned to the poetry scene after a long absence in which she has been actively involved in trade union campaigns. The Marxist and socialist-feminist is still “mostly hating Tories”, the title of her recent collection, but also read a highly effective poem called ‘Real Rape’. 

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