Poems by Kevin Higgins
£5.99 (plus £1.50 p&p) 48 pp ISBN 978 19074641889
The Minister for Poetry Has Decreed is political poetry of the highest order, telling truth to power and poking fun at it at the same time, artistically deploying a profoundly moral sense of justice and truth to expose lies, evasions, greed and sheer stupidity.
Kevin Higgins, like Bertolt Brecht, has a gift for exposing the hypocrisies and deceits which are inevitably generated by a political culture which ignores, denies or seeks to legitimise the legalised robbery that passes for capitalist economic arrangements. And like Brecht he does it in a wickedly simple, accessible, entertaining style.
“Ireland’s accomplished political poet and satirist”,
- Diarmaid Ferriter, The Irish Times
“I read this twice. Now, will make a coffee and read it again.”
- Gene Kerrigan, The Sunday Independent
“Likely the mostly widely read living poet in Ireland”,
- The Stinging Fly magazine.
Once upon a time in Bulgaria by Mercia MacDermott
£11.95 (plus £1.50 p&p) ISBN978-1-907464
Mercia MacDermott’s illustrated account of her experiences in post war Bulgaria is, by turns, touching, hilarious and deeply illuminating of the life, customs, history and politics of the country where she remains a widely-published and notable figure.
Her book retells her experiences as a student volunteer in the post-war (Major Frank Thompson) student solidarity construction brigade, encounters with partisan leaders and literary figures, meetings with Georgi Dimitrov and Madame Dimitrov, and her life and work as a teacher and university lecturer, best-selling author, academic and literary figure.
PIIGS awakening by Luciano Vasapollo with Rita Martufi and Joaquìn Arriola
£5 (plus £1.50 p&p) ISBN 978-1-907464-20-1
PIIGS awakening is the second in a Manifesto Press series dealing with the crisis of the European Union.
The writers are each established authorities with distinguished reputations within both the academic and the labour movement and their proposals carry the endorsement of the most militant sections of Italy’s trade union movement.
In describing the distinctive features of the Italian economy and its capitalist development they present a sharp analysis of the problems of the eurozone and of the particular ways in which the European Union places Portugal, Ireland, Italy, Spain and Greece at a disadvantage.
They go beyond analysis to propose a project that would disrupt the relations of power and subordination in the European Union and weaken the dominance of the euro.
Drawing on the experience of Latin American states and of Kerala in India they propose a changed monetary system.
The authors do not disguise the profound political obstacles that confront such a project and assert that without a radical class confrontation, and an organised subjective force actually able to search for solutions, the system will find new ways to keep the capitalist mode of production alive.
The transition to another mode of production, or, better, the transition to a socialist society implies not only a dramatic crisis, but an organised revolutionary subjectivity, to lead the class towards the way out of the capitalist mode of production.