A note on: Robert Sheppard's European Union of Imaginary Authors (EUOIA)

http://euoia.weebly.com/ Wonderful to be part of Robert Sheppard's vast array of collaborations with some of Europe's finest poets, so worth investigating this project at the link and at www.robertsheppard.blogspot.com, in the run up to the EU referendum, he will be posting daily pleas from these poets for the Bremain campaign. My Swedish ancestry has helped me channel what needed to be channelled, and you can watch Robert reading some of these collaborations in Liverpool last year. 

"The bleached is not a white" a poem in Well Versed: poetry in the Morning Star

http://www.morningstaronline.co.uk/a-c7e1-SJ-Fowler-The-bleached-is-not-a-white#.Uwfjo-N_ua9 Very proud to have a work published in the 80 year old socialist paper that has a wonderful history supporting left wing politics and trade unions. Well versed, the poetry section of the paper is edited by Jody Porter, who I believe inherited the mantle from the great John Rety. You can read about the paper here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Morning_Star_(British_newspaper)

The bleached is not a white
for Robert Hitzeman
SJ Fowler

the bleached is not a white whale while I remember
it is more of a yellow, a security tag for the lion gates
as it perishes it’s heart bursting in attack, the salt
water damming its arteries, the whale turns eyes down

I've been reading about the great archival work the folk musician and folklorist AL Lloyd recently, and I remembered reading somewhere he was a pivotal part of the Morning Star. I asked Jody this and she managed to dig up this fascinating biography for me http://www.grahamstevenson.me.uk/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=355:a-l-bert-lloyd-&catid=12:l&Itemid=113