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Sprouting sh*t for almost nothing
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My interview Razor Sharp 18 February
Me interviewed by Sharon Firebrace on Razor Sharp on Tuesday 18 February. http://sharonfirebrace.files.wordpress.com/2014/02/18-2-14-john-passant-aust-national-university-g20-meeting-age-of-enttilement-engineers-attack-of-austerity-hardship-on-civilians.mp3 (0)

My interview Razor Sharp 11 February 2014
Me interviewed by Sharon Firebrace on Razor Sharp this morning. The Royal Commission, car industry and age of entitlement get a lot of the coverage. http://sharonfirebrace.com/2014/02/11/john-passant-aust-national-university-canberra-2/ (0)

Razor Sharp 4 February 2014
Me on 4 February 2014 on Razor Sharp with Sharon Firebrace. http://sharonfirebrace.files.wordpress.com/2014/02/4-2-14-john-passant-aust-national-university-canberra-end-of-the-age-of-entitlement-for-the-needy-but-pandering-to-the-lusts-of-the-greedy.mp3 (0)

Time for a House Un-Australian Activities Committee?
Tony Abbott thinks the Australian Broadcasting Corporation is Un-Australian. I am looking forward to his government setting up the House Un-Australian Activities Committee. (1)

Make Gina Rinehart work for her dole
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Sick kids and paying upfront

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Save Medicare

Demonstrate in defence of Medicare at Sydney Town Hall 1 pm Saturday 4 January (0)

Me on Razor Sharp this morning
Me interviewed by Sharon Firebrace this morning for Razor Sharp. It happens every Tuesday. http://sharonfirebrace.com/2013/12/03/john-passant-australian-national-university-8/ (0)

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Archive for 'Poems'

Three in the morning thanks the pen – a poem

Chocolate and tea at 3 In the morning Does not help Facebook news Does not help Maybe the sleep that cannot be Might   But the mind is tight From yesterday’s struggles Bureaucracy wins All the time Over heart, and mind The two things it does not have   But I do I do, A […]

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Our world is coming

Our world is coming I am a socialist of the heart The heart? My heart I have read Marx and Engels Lenin and Trotsky And Luxemburg And those who follow in their footsteps Their slow, winding steps, To the Cliff of revolution Away and to From and to Always to Never reaching to Sometimes close […]

Conversation With A Tax Collector About Poetry

Conversation With A Tax Collector About Poetry – Vladimir Mayakovsky [1926]

Review: John Passant’s Songs for the Band Unformed

In Independent Australia Sara Moss reviews IA contributor John Passant’s book of poetry, Songs for the Band Unformed, a passionate reflection on politics and love.

Burn Australia Burn

  This is a youtube recording of my poem Burn Australia Burn that I recited at the National Folk Festival on Saturday.

There is no one to walk with

There is no one to walk with Today No one to talk to Today No one to pat, or feed To lead, or be led, away Past the dam Damn my head I miss you my friend And your pushy walk me ways I miss you my friend And the feeding frenzy you made Your […]

Johnny Peasant, Peter Swain and The Awesome at the National Folk Festival in Canberra over Easter

We’ve been holding our breaths with excitement but finally we are able to announce that The Awesome have been selected to perform at The National, joined by poet John Passant and didgeridoo/artist/poet Peter Swain. Happy dance 💃!!!    

Songs for the Band Unformed

  You can buy signed copies of Songs for the Band Unformed, my first book of poetry, via the Independent Australia Online Store. As that site says:   John Passant released his first book of poetry, Songs for the Band Unformed (Ginninderra Press 2016).   The poems are a mix of the personal and the […]

A last minute Christmas present?

  Looking for a Christmas present for someone interested in poetry? And a leftie? My book Songs for the Band Unformed may or may not be your answer.   You can buy a signed copy or copies from the Independent Australia online shop. But you will have to be quick if you want a signed […]

Enough! – a poem

Enough!   The island is quiet, tonight The overlord stalks the fence Enforcing the peace that is not Through water, food, Electricity, and denial   Despair remains And determination To fight, to dream, to win We see you from our balconies Of love and fear We are not there But here And nothing changes, yet […]