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What convinces Jeremy Corbyn that ‘there is a poet in all of us’?

‘Nobody should ever be afraid of sharing their poetry’, he says, in an anthology co-edited with Len McCluskey. But, judging by his own offering, afraid is what we should be

16 December 2023

9:00 AM

16 December 2023

9:00 AM

Poetry for the Many edited by Jeremy Corbyn and Len McCluskey

OR Books, pp.272, 12.99

Much like its editors, I have no idea who Poetry for the Many is for. However, the choir it preaches to is quickly identified. It opens with a dedication to Julian Assange, the free speech martyr in no way a narcissist patsy for a hostile state. A member of UB40 summarises the book’s aim on the jacket: to ‘encourage the working classes to embrace and enjoy culture’.

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