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Cloves, Jeff

Peaceful rage

Sometimes I try – like many PN readers I guess – to imagine myself in the position of a bereaved family in a civil war and know that revenge would be uppermost in my min

Counting the Cost

Jeff Cloves ponders the arms trade, the census, and the perils of not being on the electoral register

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Eddie Linden, A Thorn in the Flesh: Selected Poems

Hearing Eye, 2011; 52pp; £7.50

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Stroud and the Spanish Spring

For the whole of my life so far, civil war has raged somewhere in the world and there seems no end in sight.

‘Sae fare weel, ye banks o’ Sicily’

Jeff Cloves examines some recent poetry books.

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The colour of peace

There has been a Saturday morning peace picket in Stroud's High Street since the build-up to the Iraq war.

War of the words

H G Wells and the anti-cuts demo

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Remembering Colin Ward 1924–2010

Five Leaves Publications paperback; £5; available from Housmans and Freedom bookshops or post-free from Five Leaves, PO Box 8786, Nottingham NG1 9AW

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News from the home front

A bit of autobiography. Bear with me, there’s reason.

Weeding the garden

The most memorable film I saw in 2010 – at the cinema or on TV – was Julien Temple’s visionary TV documentary Requiem for Detroit.