ALL amateur performance poets are secondary school teachers with an axe to grind, it has emerged.
Typical poetry night Worderama featured five open mic performances, each from secondary school English teachers whose work is about either their flawed colleagues or former education secretary Michael Gove.
Teacher/poet Tom Booker said: “I hate Michael Gove with a passion and due to the fact I teach English, I thought what better way to express that than through the use of poetry.
‘For example, my first poem was called Michael Gove Can Fuck off and Die as Far as I Am Concerned.
“It’s a good thing I went on first though as other performers’ work followed a similar theme.”
Fellow teacher/poet Emma Bradford said: “My poems are about how much the other teachers just don’t get how artistic each and every child has the capability to be.
‘I know Pink Floyd sort of covered that territory in a song, but my poem sees the establishment not as a wall but as a sort of big evil anteater that sucks up individuality.”