Fit To Work: Poets Against Atos, has been publishing new poems every couple of days since April 1st. As mentioned in my previous blog post, the aim is to highlight this government’s cruelty (as outsourced via Atos) toward some of our most vulnerable citizens.
My second poem on the site, Work Capability is entirely “found” – by running those two words through an anagram generator – then sifting the (thousands!) of results. (Not recommended as “good poetry” but interesting in this mechanised, non-human, spurious data context, I hope.)
The first poem, Tick Boxing, is also partly a found poem; the questions and boxes to tick are directly from one of the government’s assessment questionnaires. Reading through the dense pages of questions, the final (in my poem; I only took a small sample) regarding the capability of lifting “a large light object like an empty cardboard box” set the poem. The responses are from myself as poet and stray into songs and infant school chant.
You can hear me reading/singing the poem (with apologies for the “singing”) here: