Andy Carrington is a poet residing in Bradford, which is a city that has experienced an unfair amount of racism and negativity throughout its history.
Reviewed by Karl Whiting, Leeds North Socialist Party
He is an activist standing against racism/prejudice; and his book ANTIFA has been reprinted with new poems featured. Through his writing, he brings an awareness of society’s lack of understanding and ignorance to a number of social issues. One of them is racism, and how ill-informed some people appear to be; Andy is also not blind to the reality of the struggle, and how much work is still needed to be done to fight back against it.
Racism is increasingly everywhere you look and in conversations you hear; whether direct or indirect, it should not be tolerated. Andy writes with anger, with facts and honesty; I see him as a “vocal machine gun” in that his writing may awaken the slumbering consciousness of many people.
This book is anti-fascism at it its best: Andy says it how it is, how we are all fighting oppression one way or another. He writes with so much conviction and brutal passion. Does his writing make you feel uncomfortable or does it acknowledge something you should already know? Both, I’d say. His writing is a darker version of John Cooper Clarke — a social commentary without some of the wit ; or more akin to that of Andy T the poet who upset people when he became affiliated with Crass (an anarcho-punk band).
Andy is not afraid to stir up controversy with the truth, nor is he out to make friends; he is writing about what he is passionate about regardless of the consequences that may be thrust upon him. He stands statuesque for his beliefs, and this book is an exciting read that leaves you wanting to venture further into his catalogue of work.
ANTIFA is a great book, a must-buy; even if you’re not a poetry fan, but more into politics and social commentary, you still won’t be disappointed by what’s on offer here.
check Andy’s website here http://www.andycarrington.co.uk/