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Paid to Race

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Poem: ‘Traveller’s Tales: Chapter 90’

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Old Tunes

Stephen Sedley

Victor Serge’s Defective Bolshevism

Tariq Ali

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Erin Maglaque

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Patricia Lockwood

Two PoemsLola Haskins
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Blood

In the market a bull’s skinned head.
Horned still, with black lips.
A boy is carving from the cheek,
slides the slices off his palm.
Green flies gather on the cuts
like jewels.

             In the disco-bar
Amalia, inside her thin black
dress. Rafael, who is gone,
used to hurt her. A perfume
drifts from Amalia’s skin.
Men buzz, oil their hair,
hurry across the room.

Casa

I am walled and atop my walls
are glass teeth.
Sharp jewels of green and amber.
Clear shards to catch the light
the way a bride turns her ring.

Inside, soft red flowers open.
Inside, yellow bougainvillea glitters
like the yellow specks in my eyes.
Oh if you would be a thief
come crawling. Come bleeding.
Come to me in ribbons.

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