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Published: 2024 days ago

Better Together Giving challenge, and the future

We’re delighted to announce that Upstart won the Better Together Giving Challenge, receiving an amazing total of 1,051 unique donations. We’d like to thank all our supporters, who tirelessly petitioned friends and family to donate, who persisted when the online donation form refused to …

Published: 2089 days ago

Announcing…

…the wind-up (for now) of the writing feature here. The Upstart blog has published a wide range of poetry, drama and prose by Upstart poster contributors and others, and we’d like to thank all of the contributors for their work. To close this phase …

Published: 2122 days ago

Poem: Donal Mahoney, Botanical Garden

When she arrives in sunlight, orchid ribbons flowing in her hair, an orchid dress rising, she finds the rest of us are standing there, simply unaware that only she can hear the applause of a thousand orchids break the air. Donal Mahoney, whose parents …

Published: 2124 days ago

Poem: Paul Perry, Lugh decides to clone himself

Lugh decides to clone himself in case the world is too much or not enough in case I am childless but I am not in case I need to know where my doppleganger is but I do in case I want to interrogate myself …

Published: 2132 days ago

Poem: Paul Perry, Lugh considers the Paradox of the Raven

Lugh considers the Paradox of the Raven nothing can be a raven and not a raven phenomenon is hostage a raven is hostage a raven is not hostage hostage to nothing a raven is nothing a raven is not nothing nothing can be a …

Published: 2135 days ago

Poem: Paul Perry, Lugh considers a Defence of Realism

Lugh Considers A Defence of Realism: involuntary                                                                    pine trees yes                                                                     bulldozed and buried yes                            and twisted branches that do not reach for the sky yes                    o                                                    and storks and wolves yes                                                     but not the dusky seaside sparrow This is the third in Paul Perry’s …

Published: 2148 days ago

Poem: Paul Perry, Lugh considers – Ireland Ireland

Lugh considers – Ireland Ireland 1. the sleep of an old oak tree the deftness of the graveyard the sleep of a bird on a rolling wave shy eyes down your mouth keeps coming blowing the moon the moon the moon if I slept …

Published: 2153 days ago

Poem: Paul Perry, Lugh in Space

Lugh in Space weightless – how magnificent breathless equally so – fulfilling all my potential rising above it all growing like a bubble from some child’s instrument strange though the stars struck dumb and gravity throwing me towards a planet I have never known …

Published: 2163 days ago

Poem: William Wall, 10 Best places to write a poem

10 Best places to write a poem on a footstool in the ladies lingerie department on a tomb in the protestant cemetery under the television in the railway station bar in the back of a Hiace van at a red light on a Sunday …

Published: 2179 days ago

Poem: rob mclennan, A (broken) line of ants

A (broken) line of ants: for Warren Dean Fulton if you cannot say it give your tongue time to adjust Christine McNair, Dalhousie Blues 1. For/to the anonymous poet So, you say. 2. What’s the face you had before you were born? Possibly, smoother. …