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July 2021



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My interview Razor Sharp 18 February
Me interviewed by Sharon Firebrace on Razor Sharp on Tuesday 18 February. (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. (0)

Razor Sharp 4 February 2014
Me on 4 February 2014 on Razor Sharp with Sharon Firebrace. (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

Sick kids and paying upfront


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. (0)

I am not surprised
I think we are being unfair to this Abbott ‘no surprises’ Government. I am not surprised. (0)

Send Barnaby to Indonesia
It is a pity that Barnaby Joyce, a man of tact, diplomacy, nuance and subtlety, isn’t going to Indonesia to fix things up. I know I am disappointed that Barnaby is missing out on this great opportunity, and I am sure the Indonesians feel the same way. [Sarcasm alert.] (0)



Archive for 'Poems for a new world'

If only we knew

If only we knew The loneliness of politics Surrounds the withdrawal that is writing In this nothing cries relief Beyond the hope of better days While the garbage sorts pick nits From the words of wiser ways They drag us to the sidelines Of their enlightened graves This is the way the flame dies In […]

Together we can

Together we can For though the world stood up and stopped the bastard, the bitch that bore him is in heat again. Bertolt Brecht The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui The bitch is not a bitch She is not on heat She was raped By the good burghers of the middle class From arse to […]

Where are our words, today?

Where are our words, today? Have you been the morning, mourning? Taken flight in night, and song? Gathering, garnering the too long day To away with all? And so to fall, to fall For their catch cry, the call The sweet absurd, Caught in the ballad of their birds Without our words There is no […]

The disappearing we

The disappearing we There are no borders for the bees The disappearing bees There are no borders for the birds The disappearing birds There are only borders for me The disappearing we John Passant 29 January 2016

A robo-poem

Can a robot write
My poetry
With plugged in words
Lacking vocabulary?

The new – a poem

The new There is no new In the new The sales go on Every day So too the children we raise To sell themselves Each new morn Like us Their time is tomorrow Built on our sorrow And our joy Each boy, and girl The world feeted Twirled, seated Taken, beaten Submission is easy So […]

And so you sleep, quiet, unaware

And so you sleep, quiet, unaware And so you sleep, quiet, unaware The gentle rhythm, the flowing care That takes your hand and pleasures there The sweet unknown of yesteryear You waken as in sleep, again The slow timing of sweet pretend That takes the journey to an end Repeating life to beginning, then Where […]

Sing with me in the rain

Maintain our rage
In our age
The age of anger
Needed anger
Against a world so wrong
I will sing my songs
Against and for
Sing with me
Sing with me
In the rain

Will we meet again?

We were walking naked
In the rain
The garden soaker
We held made
All of us

The butcher reigns

The butcher reigns   The butcher sharpens his knife On the bones of his dead While his Russian wife Carves the cities Of the children, Bleeding, slowly bled   Big brother butcher Sidelined, with no power Cannot stop the slaughter Caught in the moment Taut in the hour   His daughter is near She inspects […]