'The black and the white' by Martin Elder is Write Out Loud Poem of the Week

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The Write Out Loud Poem of the Week is ‘The black and the white’ by Martin Elder, a recollection of the wintry shades of yesteryear – “Everywhere marked with a ring of soot, smoke and steam.” Not so much looking back at the past through rose-tinted specs, as through grime-streaked glasses. The poem ends with the world of black and white appearing to turn to colour during the 1960s: “In an effort to hang loose and turn on /The ...

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