Where Shelley dies again

Louis Kastakin
Poet from
Wakefield
Fasts for a decent job;
More than 10 days
Have passed,
Yet,
No jobs
Or offers of jobs;
Latest austerity measures
Of the nation:
Starve the poets
And indulge the corrupt
And the crass;
Let them flourish—
Business and
The shameless political class,
The rich eat excessively
And become obscenely fat;
Welcome to the Great Britain,
Hey merry folks,
The modern version
Of the Plato’s Republic;
Where middle-class
And poets
Harbingers of change
Are driven against the wall;
21-year-old,
Unemployed
Vicky Harrison
Makes 200 applications
But does not get a good job,
Humiliated, frustrated,
Miss Bright dies
After a drug overdose,
And where talented poets
Have to go on
Hunger protest for jobs!
Irony of the situation
Is not entirely lost—
Crooks survive,
The young tend to commit suicide,
Poets of no use,
Well,
A generation is truly lost!

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About Sunil Sharma

Sunil Sharma is Mumbai-based senior academic, critic, literary editor and author with 22 published books: Seven collections of poetry; three of short fiction; one novel; a critical study of the novel, and, eight joint anthologies on prose, poetry and criticism, and, one joint poetry collection. He is a recipient of the UK-based Destiny Poets’ inaugural Poet of the Year award---2012. His poems were published in the prestigious UN project: Happiness: The Delight-Tree: An Anthology of Contemporary International Poetry, in the year 2015. Sunil edits the English section of the monthly bilingual journal Setu published from Pittsburgh, USA: http://www.setumag.com/p/setu-home.html For more details, please visit the blog: http://www.drsunilsharma.blogspot.in/

2 thoughts on “Where Shelley dies again

  1. Louis Kasatkin

    Given the subject of Sunil’s work,I shall endeavour to be a impartial and dispassionate reviewer. ” Where Shelley dies again ” ,is a skilfully crafted and in many regards even a circumpspect poetic exposition of contemporary consumerist/globalised society. It is a truism that most people most of the time are more concerned with paying their mortgages than with paying attention.

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