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Maria Gornell

Poor Doors
Sheriff Stars
Black Triangle
bedroom tax
Disrupt and Upset

Maria Gornell is a poet from Liverpool, she has been published widely in the small press and has poems included in such anthologies as Clinical, Brutal - An Anthology of Writing With Guts (2011), Soul Feathers, an anthology for Macmillan Cancer published by Indigo Dreams (2011), Emergency Verse: Poetry in Defence of the Welfare State from The Recusant/ Caparison (2011), and Binders Full of Women (2012). In 2012 her pamphlet In the Absence of Wing was published by Erbacce Press. Maria is a trained sound therapist and uses some of her poetry in therapeutic settings. She is also working on a new poetry collection.

In Sickness and In Wealth


Ever felt like a flower not allowed to bloom?

as you call out my worth in numbers

faceless decisions

the Mcdonaldisation of the world

punch keys into my heart

bureaucracy through my soul life

gorge my eyes out with relentless

hammering to my bones

send me brown paper letters

signed with a death wish

wish me sickness in health

take away my power

silence my voice

scapegoat me into a box

dehumanise me

strip me of my identity

tell me I'm a drain

a worthless egg

crack my spine

and send me on journeys

that lead nowhere

give me a bus ticket

to purgatory

while you make a profit

on my disempowerment

wrap me in chains

insult my intelligence

because you can't be sick

and clever at the same time

send me more brown letters

to reinforce my absolute

uselessness on earth

which you are employed

at the will of an unemployed world

take away my options

limit my chances

send me to a food bank

of unhealthy processed gluten

that will make me more

fat and sick

tell me I didn't fulfil my duties

take away my human rights

this is England 2018

In sickness and in wealth.

bedroom tax
Sheriff Stars

thistles stretch their prickly arms afar

Black Triangle
Disrupt and Upset

Militant Thistles

prickling the politics of "permanent austerity"

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