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21ST-CENTURY POETRY Bank by Rob Walton

Write poems on the tins you put in the foodbank
Write verse about how foodbank even became a word
Write about alternatives to foodbanks
Write long lines about love conquering all
Write about love not necessarily being a short-term
solution for the starving
Write that then again maybe love is the answer
Write about protest and togetherness
Write advice about where to get better advice
Write the ingredients for a revolution on a packet
of something indulgent
Write about the need for treats
Write about the need for levity and seriousness
Write about us and them
Write about whether there is ultimately only us
Write about rights and responsibilities
Write about ending austerity and words of plenty
Write about writing a Closed sign on the last foodbank.

Rob Walton is a poet and playwright who lives in Bristol. His most recent collection is Sax Burglar Blues. 21st-century poetry is edited by Andy Croft, smokestack-books.co.uk

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