Meet the Manchester man who’s using poetry to tackle serious issues

A poem can serve many purposes, it could be to entertain, express emotion or to deepen the readers’ understanding of a topic. Whatever it’s rhyme or reason, a good poem’s message will stay with you long after it’s been read.

One man has made it his mission to do all of the above, with a view of highlighting important life issues and making the readers think. No issue is off limits for Manchester poet, Mark Quinn

Mark’s newest book: “Life As We Know It by the Mancunian Poet”, aims to approach serious issues in a light-hearted way, with themes such as depression, loneliness and gun crime all being explored. However, one topic that the Openshaw-based poet frequently references is that of the environment.

Mark with his new book: “Life As We Know It”

Through poems such as: Our Planet, Predictions, Inclusion and Hurry!, Mark puts across the importance of looking after our planet in an original way, with a writing style he likens to that of poet, Edward Lear.

Mark, 51, said: “I’m a very big planetary person, I want the planet to stay blue and green, I think it’s important. These are relevant issues that are going on in the world at this moment.”

One of the book’s most touching poems is called Plastic Tragic, which is a commentary on the amount of plastic waste we create and how damaging this is. Of this poem, Mark added: “When they read poems like Plastic Tragic, hopefully, it might make the reader think and it will put something in their head regarding recycling plastic.”

In 2017, it was found that 91% of plastic wasn’t recycled

In honour of Plastic Free July, Mark has allowed us to share Plastic Tragic with the Talking About My Generation audience in the hope that it might make us think a little harder about recycling and the damage that plastic does to our planet.

Plastic Tragic

The plastic bags, the plastic parts.

This is all plastic; this is all tragic.

It’s in our oceans, it’s in our seas;

it’s on our land, it should be banned.

The micro-plastic we do not see,

it’s in the fish that live in the sea;

it’s then on your plate, then in your gut,

so in the future, do not tut.

Refuse to use plastic from this day on

and maybe the world might carry on.

To keep up with Mark, you can check out his blog here. He can also be found on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

*Additional thanks go to Mark for providing original photos for use in this article. 

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