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Akala & Mr Gee discuss William Blake's London

MC & writer Akala talks to Mr Gee about William Blake's classic poem "London" (published in 1794). Poet & Radio Presenter Mr Gee: Presented BBC Radio 4's "Rhyme & Reason", "Bespoken Word" & 'Poetic Justice" Starred as "the poet" for the West End run of "Into the Hoods" Was the "poet laureate" for Russell Brand's SONY Award winning Radio Show (yes I was there during "Sachsgate") Supported Russell Brand on the "Messiah Complex" tour (first performance poet to do a set at the O2, in front of 17,000 people!), Had a cameo role in the film "Get Him To The Greek" Writes current affairs poems for BBC regional radio & is a regular contributor for National Prison Radio. "A charming and politically articulate street poet” - The Times Twitter: https://twitter.com/mrgeepoet Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/mr-gee-poet AudioBoom: https://audioboom.com/channel/mrgee Russell Brand Podcast poems: http://genius.com/albums/Mr-gee-poet/Russell-brand-podcast-poems London (by William Blake) I wander thro' each charter'd street, Near where the charter'd Thames does flow. And mark in every face I meet Marks of weakness, marks of woe. In every cry of every Man, In every Infants cry of fear, In every voice: in every ban, The mind-forg'd manacles I hear How the Chimney-sweepers cry Every blackning Church appalls, And the hapless Soldiers sigh Runs in blood down Palace walls But most thro' midnight streets I hear How the youthful Harlots curse Blasts the new-born Infants tear And blights with plagues the Marriage hearse