Poems for Pussy Riot: Song by Ali Smith

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On 13 September, English PEN launched ‘Poems for Pussy Riot‘, in support of three members of the Russian punk band –  Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Maria Alyokhina and Yekaterina Samutsevich – who are currently serving a  two year prison sentence. We will be posting poems dedicated to Nadezdha, Maria and Yekaterina in the weeks leading up to their appeal hearing on 1 October.

The following contribution comes from award-winning writer and long-standing PEN member Ali Smith.

Song

Every time you say no
to something that’s wrong
a crack the size of a hair &
a single note of that song
inserts itself in the stone
 
the meaning of strong
 
it might take a short time
it might take long
 
no
no
no
 
listen, millions of us 
singing along.

 

Other Poems for Pussy Riot posts

Poems for Pussy Riot – an introduction to the project

Soutien-Gorge: Ira Lightman

Vagina: Sophie Mayer

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