Labour's secret election weapon?
rain does not discriminate, but
the homeless know its touch most often, ask them
how to wash the blood from your fork
John, don't speak while you're eating
soon they will clear the banquet table
except for those knives
In a lecture delivered in 2010 and later published in Ka Mate Ka Ora, Ian Wedde talked about the vital role that poetry continues to play in the politics of some societies. In Bangladesh and Palestine, Wedde noted, poets have at times become 'voices of the people', and had their work broadcast to vast audiences at political rallies.
New Labour president Matt McCarten is reportedly busy reorganising and reloading the party's public relations machinery. Perhaps McCarten should hire David Howard, so that poems like 'To the Office of the Prime Minister' can resound through halls and auditoriums during the upcoming election campaign? I'm sure David could also organise some mean fireworks displays for those big campaign rallies.