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AFTER THE RIOTS

A skyline as idiosyncratic

as Manhattan’s,  Chicago’s – its totems

of wealth, faith and dominion – belies

the city’s cruelty: fortunes from famine,

despotism, slavery; licensing

of squalor, bigotry and despair.

In the park where the Orange Lodge drummed out

The Twelfth, a rape was immediate headlines –

white girl, black youths. In Toxteth – its decayed

squares and terraces built on molasses

and cotton, some street signs repainted green,

gold, red, the colours of Rastafari –

was daubed, ‘Vote ANC’.

© Copyright David Selzer
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2 Responses
  • John Huddart
    April 19, 2010

    Thank God for Liverpool, whose ambiguous glamour still raises ironies for us all to salute!

  • Howard Gardener
    July 16, 2010

    Twenty years on and people are still expecting a repeat of the riots. Such a shame that the Year of Culture merely brushed Toxteth under the carpet.

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