and that ruthless king is steam

I’m making an installation of pots for Manchester Craft and Design Centre. I found this fantastic poem while researching – it’s quoted in Engels’ The Condition of the Working Class in England (1845) (more readable here) which he wrote while living in Manchester.

The Steam King by Edward P. Mead

There is a King, and a ruthless King;
Not a King of the poet’s dream;
But a tyrant fell, white slaves know well,
And that ruthless King is Steam.
—The Steam King, by Edward P Mead.

Porcelain plate with words 'But a tyrant' inscribed

The full text is available on this blog.  I’ve never visited this part of Manchester before – here’s what’s left of the old Fish Market, then the view accross the street.

Manchester Fish Market victorian building, boarded up


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