Neil Young – UKplc in 2015

UKplc in 2015

(After Shelley’s ‘England in 1819’)

Fantasy land of a fantasy Queen,
Princes so witless and hollow that war
Is a photoshoot for them, the PR machine’s
Best op since their bloody outings before;
Government turned to a shifty regime –
Is this what our granddads fought Hitler for –
A choice between charlatans, blue or red
As differing shades of the same rosette
While children are going to school unfed,
A Press that functions as savaging pet
Of the master rich while tweeting celebs
Anaesthetise us? This fuck-up could yet
Explode in London, spill out to the north,
Set Scotland reaching for home at the Forth.

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Neil Young hails from Belfast and now lives in Stonehaven. He writes poems ranging from satires to sonnets, and gives readings anywhere from bookshops to bus-station cafes. Described by Brian Patten as a “socialist poet par excellence,” Neil’s first collection, ‘Lagan Voices’, was published in 2009 (Scryfa). A new booklet is due for publication later this year.

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