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Russell Bennetts - The Kensington Renaissance

Well Versed is edited by Jody Porter

The Kensington Renaissance
Russell Bennetts

May I project
weakened wobbles,
waxed tentacles,
surplus cut and
clad in bolted knots?

The Court of Alderman sought
help from the city’s commoners.
Surly corporation,
the original, 1376.

Remember when Brutalism was young?

79-plus backs to the wall,
this whacking little pill
she’s got for us
is a charred chasm.

Adopt a family
with what now tweeted
with what now marched.

Pressed to the wall, dying,
we got their backs.



Russell Bennetts is the founder and editor of Berfrois. He is co-founder of Queen Mob's Teahouse. His books include Relentless (Pendant Publishing, 2014) and Poets for Corbyn (Pendant Publishing, 2015).

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