In the period leading up to the appointment of a new leader of the Conservative Party and therefore Prime Minister, New Boots is inviting reflections on the current incumbent, Boris Johnson. Poems selected will appear as ever in the main space to the left, which is a statement open to metaphoric interpretation.
Can you believe it’s been two long years since, exhausted by relentless bad news, we mothballed New Boots and Pantisocracies and took up fishing, never to catch anything but Covid from that day to this? We certainly can. Don’t get us started on January the 6th or Vlad the Invader…
However, short of a badly-organised coup (and we’re not putting that past him), it’s looking like the venal and labyrinthine political events of the last several months will lead to the passing of the premiership of Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson and his replacement by one of two partly successful necromantic resurrections of Thatcher in the form of Truss or Sunak.
We, waking from uneasy dreams here under the mountain at Schloss Neubootzenstein with Thomas the Rhymer and his crew of blockheads, feel that neither of these momentous occurrences should go unremarked upon by the literary community, whatever that is. We therefore invite your poetic responses for consideration by the editors to go into our DePfeffelschrift.
Please email your work to
email@example.com by 21st August at the latest and we’ll publish the best of what we receive in the leadup to the succession on September 5th. If that doesn’t work we’ll publish the worst. Remember the words of Harold Wilson – a week is a long time in politics, and a month is even shorter. So stop reading this and start writing!
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