Wednesday, 31 October 2007

‘’Beat up the Poets: What I did to Baudelaire and Why’
Council Room,
Malet Street.
7.00 on Wednesday
31 October 2007
All welcome

Tuesday, 30 October 2007

A deader writes



An evening of very happy materialistic psychodialysis with Justin Katko & Jamelia Wigmore on tonight the 30th October at 6pm shar in



At which event you'll also be able to buy


A collection of poetry by persons based in, or recently based in, or recently debased in, or serving to induce a preliminary or light anesthesia prior to total anesthetization in, Brighton UK.


Fabian Macpherson
Luska Mengham
Mike Wallace-Hadrill
Maura Hamer
Michael Kindellan
Nathan Blunt
Jennifer Cooke
Jonty Tiplady
Anna Ticehurst
Jefferson Toal
Meredith Okell
Lianna Valenti
Gareth Farmer
Alex Pestell
J.H. Prynne.


Saturday, 27 October 2007

A Note on Your Lastest Sequence

Jockritik Kamelia. Get inside that concept. Move that concept. I want you to hit that concept with reckless abandon. Rape that concept. I’m not here to fuck around this week. Now you may be. But I’m not. I want you to fucking fear that concept. Fear will make you invincible. You won't believe what that concept is capable of. You can't imagine what that concept can do. Fucking eat it. You are to cunt it in the bastard, Jamelia, are you fucking listening to me? After my funding failed I had to wait around for a fucking year in decathected canonicity lek. You’re not putting me in that fucking position again. I am not here to get my ass beat by fucking idealism. I will run you into the fucking ground. This is absolute fucking bullshit. You will goddamn pay for it like you won’t fucking believe. There’s a lot on the web about it.

Thursday, 25 October 2007

Tuesday, November 13, 2007
8:00pm - 10:00pm
The Erasmus Room
Queens' College


Ian Patterson,
Luke Roberts and
Peter Larkin


[To get to The Erasmus Room, the PLACE of this event, cross the Mathematical Bridge, turn right along the cloisters (Cloister Court), take the first archway on your right into a small court (Pump Court) and go up the steps at the far end of the court. Head up the stairs.]

A Note on Googling Yourself on the Hour and Half Hour

In the Swedish dubs of the Care Bears, for unknown reasons, the villains Dark Heart, Coldheart, and No Heart all got the same name - “Hjärtlös” (“Heartless”). In Lenin’s handwritten manuscript of 1916 he used the title we’re familiar with – Imperialism, the Highest Stage of Capitalism. But when he published the pamphlet in 1917 he called it Imperialism, the Latest Stage of Capitalism (cf. Rudolf Hilferding’s Finance Capital, the Latest Phase of Capitalist Development). An early English translation, appearing in a number of different editions in Britain and the United States, converted “Latest” into “Last”. After Lenin’s death, the Communist Party in the Soviet Union, for unknown reasons, put out a new edition of the work in which “Highest Stage” was substituted for “Latest Stage” (following Lenin’s earlier handwritten manuscript), and the work has carried that title ever since. The effect is to label a piece of analysis as if it were a splat of eschatological tapas.

Wednesday, 24 October 2007

A Note on Redwall (3/3)

This is the only Redwall book to use profanity. While the rats are chasing Basil around the church, one says "I'll stick his damned guts on my pike." and shortly after Constance takes the phony plans from Sela, Sela thinks, "Damn that badger's hide!". Also, the late King Bull Sparra was called an ass but it was in the sense of "stupid".

A Note on Redwall (2/3)

  • Killconey the ferret is sometimes referred to as male, but other times as female, which is a printing error.
  • Matthias was able to land in the mouth of a cat, indicating that the cat/mouse sizes were the same as in real life.
  • A horse was big enough to draw a cart that carried an entire army of rats.
  • Constance the badger was described as far bigger than the mice and rats repeatedly, able to carry a fish in her mouth that the mice couldn't move. She also lifted a table, and was able to outfight rats while unarmed.
  • Foxes are indicated in Redwall as not inherently evil. It is mentioned that Abbot Mortimer used to trade tomes with "wandering healer foxes". Sela The Vixen's brood of foxes was referred to as a bad lot, indicating that they were an exception and not the norm. In all later books in the series, there has never been reference to good foxes.

A Note on Redwall (1/3)

Brian Jacques' Redwall, the first in the series, contains a number of anomalies: departures from the large and otherwise fairly consistent world which emerges during the series. It's worth briefly collecting the most conspicuous of these.
  • Redwall is the only book in the entire series that makes any mention of domesticated animals. Animals mentioned in this book - but never again in the series - include horse, dog, cow, and pig.
  • Also, the Abbot mentions a "village where the dog and pigs reside", perhaps implying human habitation. In the the books following this, the world of Redwall is inhabited only by wild fauna.
  • Additionally, Methuselah claimed that one of the accounts of Cluny came from a town dog. The horse present in the early chapters was the size of a normal horse, and the wagon it pulled was scaled to the same size - an entire army of rats was able to ride in it. Also there was a mention of cows that trampled through a village. However, Brian Jacques did not expect the book to be published, and excluded references to humans and many larger animals in later books.
  • The beaver in Redwall is the only one to appear in the entire series. Its species has not been mentioned since.
  • Bees can communicate in Redwall, indicated by a statement at the end of the book where the Guerilla Shrews learned to speak the bee language so they could trade and argue. This was not noted in other books.
Sascha Akhtar, The Ex-Men, Chris Goode + INUA PHAZE (see Sascha's comment).
At the opening of the second season of

Saturday 3rd November 7.30pm
£5 / £4 (concs)

Poetry Cafe, 22 Betterton Street, WC2H 9BX
tube: Covent Garden / Holborn

Monday, 22 October 2007



Saturday 27th October, 10-7.
Queen Mary & Westfield College,
Mile End Road, E1.

Near Mile End / Stepney Green / my specklike landlady's house.

ROOM 304

12 noon – 2pm
Were the first humans anarchists?
Radical Anthropology Group

2pm – 3pm
Anarchist Quiz
Martin Howard - Freedom
Teams up to five

3pm – 4pm
Resisting the Olympics - Tenant Resistance to Global Property Speculation Techniques in London's East End
Gascoyne Estate (Hackney) Tenants' Association

4pm – 5pm
Casualisation: What is it and how to fight it.
South London Solidarity Federation

5pm – 6pm
Setting Up & Maintaining a Local Anarchist Newsletter
The Gagged Collective (South Wales)

ROOM 305
12 noon – 1pm
'An Anarchist FAQ'

1pm – 2pm
The Myth of the Nation - Nationalism and Fascism

2pm – 3pm
Housing Co-ops, worker co-ops, social centres and Radical Routes - a quick guide
Organised by Radical Routes Housing Co-ops

3pm – 4pm
The NHS is 60 – a subversive history
Organised by Radical History Network of North East London

4pm – 5pm
Anarchist world revolution ...

5pm – 6pm
Organising as healthworkers IWW (UK) IU 610

ROOM 306

12 noon – 1pm
What is the relationship between Art and Anarchism?
Barry O'Dea

1pm – 2pm
Preserving our Cultural History

2pm – 3pm
Workers Councils – Fortresses of Freedom?
Workers Council Socialism

3pm – 4pm
Overcoming Alienation: From commodity fetishism to freely associated labour

4pm – 5pm
Why anarchists should organise locally
Haringey Solidarity Group

5pm – 6pm
Building A Revolutionary Union for Education Workers.
Education Workers' Network

ROOM 324

12 noon – 1pm
Activist Trauma Support

1pm -2pm
community activism: co-operation without compromise?
Haringey Solidarity Group & Workers Solidarity Movement

2pm – 3pm
Men and feminism Workshop (everyone welcome!)
Social Ecology London.

3pm – 4pm
Organising for Anarchy
Anarchist Federation

4pm – 5pm
The Other Campaign - Mexico and beyond.

5pm – 6pm
An introduction to Direct Action Casework
London Coalition Against Poverty

ROOM 325

12 noon – 1pm
Red Black and Green - An Introduction to Social Ecology
Social Ecology London

1pm – 2pm
The Summit Against Everything Voices of Resistance from Occupied London

2pm – 3pm
Bash the Rich
Ian Bone

3pm – 4pm
Militant Research & Radical Theory

4pm – 5pm
Launch and Talk by new autonomous class struggle magazine

5pm – 6pm
Anarchism and The State of Terror


12 noon – 1pm
Camden Parasites by Daniel Lux

2pm – 3pm
Rossport Solidarity Camp: Anarchists and community struggle in the west of Ireland.

3pm – 4pm
No Borders

4pm – 5pm
Doing it ourselves – Workshops for changing the world


12 noon – 1pm
No Sweat and IWW
Fight Back Against Starbucks

1pm – 2.30pm
Armed resistance to Francoism
Stuart Christie

3pm – 4pm
How the Working Class Went Global
Paul Mason, author of Live Working or Die Fighting

4pm – 5.30pm
My Dearest Enemy, My Dangerous Friend
Dorothy Rowe


Lecture Room 2
11am - 12 noon
The Battle For Broadway Market. 2006
Emily James, 58 mins.

12noon - 12.30pm
Underground Londoners - cleaning the London Underground
Dagmar Diesner and Klara Jaya Brekke, 29 mins

12.50pm - 2pm
"Our Oil and Other Tales"
Elisabetta Andreoli, Gabriele Muzio, Sara Muzio, Max Pugh

2pm - 2.30pm
Raise the Rates
Ontario Coalition Against Poverty

2.45pm - 4pm
Occupying Nothingness

4pm - 6pm
Las Libertarias
Vicente Aranda 2004

Sunday, 21 October 2007


Bill Griffiths
A Commemoration
Readings, recordings, music and appreciations by poets, friends and family will be held on Saturday, 17th November.
2-5 pm.
Council Room,
Birkbeck College,
Malet Street,
London WC1
(Nearest Tube: Russell Sq. or Goodge St.)

Refreshments, Battenberg cakes and other favourite cakes of Bills will be served.

All welcome.

Friday, 19 October 2007

Les Figues Press

Saturday, October 20, 2007
8:30 p.m.
Teresa Carmody, Vincent Dachy, and Vanessa Place.
Reading and Conversation
Limited seating, email to get on the guest list.
At the Shunt Lounge near London Bridge tube.

Thursday, 18 October 2007

Pin Bun

Turns out Alex's birthday is next Sunday, so we can all go & see Steve Aylett (& Paul Foot) after all. I'm very anxious about it. Steve is probably the most significant living English novelist, and I have a feeling the gig is going to be terrible. "Featuring appearances by the hellish Lord Pin." I don't want it to feature those! Plus what to get Alex.

Steve Aylett
The Troy Club
CROBAR (near Foyles)
Manette Street

From around 7.30pm. On 21 Sunday October (with Paul Foot) and December 2, 2007. Books for sale also. Featuring appearances by the hellish Lord Pin from LINT. Nearest tube Tottenham Court Road.

Wednesday, 17 October 2007

From "The Wealth of Nations"

By Adam Smith.

[...] the understandings of the greater part of men are necessarily formed by their ordinary employments. The man whose whole life is spent in performing a few simple operations, of which the effects are perhaps always the same, or very nearly the same, has no occasion to exert his understanding or to exercise his invention in finding out expedients for removing difficulties which never occur. He naturally loses, therefore, the habit of such exertion, and generally becomes as stupid and ignorant as it is possible for a human creature to become. The torpor of his mind renders him not only incapable of relishing or bearing a part in any rational conversation, but of conceiving any generous, noble, or tender sentiment, and consequently of forming any just judgment concerning many even of the ordinary duties of private life [...] But in every improved and civilized society this is the state into which the labouring poor, that is, the great body of the people, must necessarily fall, unless government takes some pains to prevent it [...]

Tuesday, 16 October 2007

Feminist Fightback conference

Date: Saturday, October 20, 2007
Time: 12:00pm - 6:00pm
Location: University of East London, Docklands campus, 4-6 University Way, London

Organised by a group of Socialist Feminists including the Education Not for Sale student network, Feminist Fightback 07 aims to bring together feminists from a wide range of perspectives to debate ideas and develop practical strategies for fighting women's oppression and exploitation.

Fightback 07 will build on the success of last year’s conference, attended by over 220 people, which gave rise to several activist initiatives including the March 3 2007 Torch-Lit March for Abortion Rights. This year will continue our campaign to defend and extend abortion rights; our discussions will include:


Plus screenings:


Feminist Fightback’s supporters include the National Union of Students Women’s Campaign, the RMT Women’s Committee and the International Union of Sex Workers.

Monday, 15 October 2007

From the "Hands Off Iraqi Oil" newsletter

Speaking tour: contact or call 020 7403 3738 to invite a speaker. Deadline for invitations: 6pm, Friday 19th October.

In September, Iraqi civil society and the global anti-war movement scored a major victory against the occupation’s oil privatisation agenda, when Iraq's Parliament failed to pass a draft oil law in time for General Petraeus' report to Congress.

If passed, the law - which was written in secret under intense pressure from the US/UK governments, the IMF, and Big Oil - would have allowed multinational oil companies such as BP, Shell and Exxon to take the primary role in developing Iraq's oilfields, under contracts of up to 30 years.

Passing the law was one of Bush's "benchmarks". However, despite massive the military and political violence of the occupation, and relentless pressure from Washington, a combination of grassroots opposition (from the Iraqi oil unions) and internal conflict (within the Iraqi Government) has derailed the law, at least temporarily. Nonetheless, Iraq's oil ministry is now saying that it hopes to sign contracts with foreign firms, law or no law, and with Iraq still under foreign occupation.


Big Oil - with US/UK assistance - is, in effect, trying to force privatisation on the Iraqi people. Indeed, according to a recent poll, 63% of Iraqis believe that Iraq's oil should be developed and produced by Iraqi public sector companies, rather than foreign companies.
To build the campaign to stop the theft - including a national day of action early next year - Hands Off Iraqi Oil is organising a whirlwind UK speaking tour, to take place during the last two weeks in November.

Speakers include GREG MUTTITT (Platform) - author of 'Crude Designs: The Rip-off of Iraq's Oil Wealth' (, and one of the world's leading experts on oil and Iraq - and renowned activist and journalist EWA JASIEWICZ, recently returned from the 'Iraq Petroleum 2007' conference in Dubai [...] In 2003 Ewa spent 9 months living in occupied Iraq, working with the Iraqi oil workers union and she is the co-founder of the union's UK support committee Naftana (see


To invite a speaker to come and talk to your group, please e-mail or telephone 020 7403 3738.

Please specify:
* which group you are from
* the likely size of the meeting etc.
* any date preferences / dates to avoid during 14 - 28 November
* your e-mail and phone number

Deadline for invitations: 6pm, Friday 19th October.

For more information and background see

"We call on all people who want peace and organisations which opposed the war to help us in our struggle" - Hassan Juma'a Awad al-Asadi, President of the Iraqi Federation of Oil Unions

Sunday, 14 October 2007

I particularly enjoyed Rosheen Brennan's farewell tour. She morphed into Rosh Jobinson.

From "The Gay Science"

By Nietzsche.

The greatest weight. -- What if, some day or night, a demon were to sneak after you into your loneliest loneliness and say to you, "this life as you now live it and have lived it, you will have to live once more and innumerable times more; and there will be nothing new in it, but every pain and every joy and every thought and sigh and everything immeasurably small or great in your life must return to you – all in the same succession and sequence – even this spider and this moonlight between the trees and even this moment and I myself. The eternal hourglass of existence is turned over and over, and you with it, a speck of dust." Would you not throw yourself down and gnash your teeth and curse the demon who spoke thus? Or did you once experience a tremendous moment when you would have answered him, "You are a god, and never have I heard anything more godly." If this thought were to gain possession of you, it would change you, as you are, or perhaps crush you. The question in each and every thing, "Do you want this once more and innumerable times more?" would weigh upon your actions as the greatest stress. Or how well disposed would you have to become to yourself and to life to crave nothing more fervently than this ultimate eternal confirmation and seal?

Saturday, 13 October 2007

From "The Myth of Mars and Venus"

By Deborah Cameron.

A kros -- the word which means 'angry' in Tok Pisin [...] -- is a monologue in which one person complains about another's behaviour, generally in highly abusive terms, and often at considerable length (forty-five minutes is not unusual). It is delivered from inside the speaker's own house, but is intended to be heard by the entire village. The rule is that the target may not answer back, and nor may anyone ese on their behalf. If the kros turns from a monologue into an argument, there is a good chance it will degenerate into a physical fight. Gapuners prefer to let the speaker go on until she feels she has said all she needs to say. Her grievance, now a matter of public record, can if necessary be addressed later through more diplomatic channels.

I have used the pronouns she and her in this description because the kros, almost without exception, is a women's genre. (Widowers may occasionally have a kros; other men who feel the need generally get their wives to do it for them.) In one kros recorded by the anthropologist Don Kulick, the speaker, Sake, turns on her husband, Allan, after an altercation which begins when Sake falls through a hole in the rotten floor of her house (a house which Allan built, and is in theory responsible for maintaining). In the ensuing conflict Allan hits Sake with a piece of sugar cane, while she threatens to slice him up with a machete and then burn the house to the ground. When Allan leaves the house, Sake begins a tirade of abuse. The following [...] extract gives the flavour of it [...]

You're a fucking rubbish man. You hear? Your fucking prick is full of maggots. You're a big fucking semen prick. Stone balls! [...] Fucking black prick! Fucking grandfather prick! You've built me a good house that I just fall down in, you get up and hit me on the arm with a piece of sugar cane! You fucking mother's cunt!

[...] when western women behave in this way, they are usually considered to be adopting 'masculine' traits. In Gapun, by contrast, women whose language is direct, aggressive, abusive, and obscene are not thought to be acting like men, They are thought to be doing what comes naturally to women. [...] Men pride themselves on their ability to express themselves indirectly, controlling their emotions and concealing their real opinions to avoid provoking conflict. Women on the other hand are uncooperative and belligerent. As Kruni, one of the older men in the village, told Don Kulick: "They don't suppress their hed [wilfulness] one little bit. No way. Talk kros, bad talk, that's the way of the women, their habit. They don't have any save [judgement]."

Friday, 12 October 2007

From "cowl"

By Frances Kruk.

hurt is the only subject, asshole
only object will bang
your face & make you eat it
in spite for talk
can only besmirch
spreads a fake benzene glare
n trucks through every enzyme

I Am Not Feeling Well

I have been exposed rapidly to three major publications chocka with scene & interests. VEER AWAY glossy, A4, fragrant, Ceri Buckmaster, Aodan McCardle, Anthony John, Ulli Freer, Mike Weller, Diana Godden, John Sparrow, Doug Jones, Sean Bonney, William Rowe, Morris Scully, Stephen Mooney, Jeff Hilson, Carol Watts, Bill Griffiths, Lawrence Upton, James Harvey, Harry Gilonis, Redell Olsen, John Hall, Natalie Dung, Piers Hugill and Adrian Clarke. Seems to me editorial blame lies mainly with Mooney, though Rowe, Hugill, McCardle etc. are in the background somehow. Free. A tentacled Polaroid suggestive of the London scene. Some visual stuff & some slightly visual stuff (e.g. Freer, Sparrow & Bonney). Some lyric. Some concrete (e.g. Harvey, sort of). Some cutup (e.g. John, Weller at least), procedure, permutation, iteration stuff. Translation (e.g. Bonney, extremely sort of, Gilonis, Rowe). An interest akin to pyschogeography (e.g. Mooney, Hugill). Prose from me, VEER AWAY “[y]ou easily extracted my juices.” (The dodo died. Then Di died, and Dodi died and Dando died . . . Dido’s dildo died down . . . Dodie must be shitting herself. “Your cunt organizes itself into the shape of a face”). Ceri Buck’s transcription of her notes from a panel about art & activism & then from a squatted social centre is “almost magnificent but definitely, definitely, not quite” (Chris Goode about something by Kent Johnson) &, you know, its labour is identical with that cognition most intimately entangled with political agency . . . isn’t it? Sets a high bar between critique and cud critique, right? C’mon guys let’s play ball & win this thing.

Pilot is a box of booklets by Simon Perril, Sean Bonney, Emily Critchley, Kai Fierle-Hedrick, Matt Ffytche, Giles Goodland, Jeff Hilson, Piers Hugill, Reitha Pattison, Frances Kruk, Natalie Scargill, Marianne Morris, Scott Thurston, Neil Pattison, Sophie Robinson, & Harriet Tarlo. It’s fucking marvellous – I’m just trying to get some cluster spirit going. I think the original title of one of Marianne’s poems “On The Third Day Joe Rose Again” has been little improved by this Ingrid. Emily Critchley is conducting a kind of “The Nymph's Sociopoetic Intervention in the Passionate Shepherd” (James Harvey & Natalie Dung) through When I Say I Believe Women i.e. she is questioning the strength and extension of the claim that texts like, say, “Scum” (Will Rowe) are somehow alike to texts like, say, “La Belle Dame Sans Mercy” (Keats); that is, she is trying to administer a stain to the family resemblance vouchsafed in the signifier“poetry.” One of the things about canonical poetry is that we are not surprised to see it again. Distribution in actual lattices of hermeneutic sails and membranes, she find out about it, all my fault. It (Pilot) gives me less the vibe of a box set, which it physically resembles, than that of having a lot of e.g. those Very Short Introductions To … s, a kind of satisfying sense of a benign manifold, carefully fairly laissez-faire, with just enough homogenising cosmetic interference to foreground distinctions among its aesthetic cores. Laps. The retro-crap magic trick diagrams used for the covers interested me; because they give a way in to the work; & because they're this weird combination of explanatory and obfuscatory.

Plantarchy, advance copy with the edge all gloopy, looks nuts. Haven’t got it with me now, but I remember it was full of Britishers. Pretty sure Frances Kruk, Sean Bonney, Rachel Smith, Piers Hugill, & Camille PB or coupons coupons maybe. Keith Tuma’s poem “I am not Jow Lindsay” a fucking idiotic lie. Allen Fisher on William Burroughs. An e-mail from Keston Sutherland speculatively slagging off Vispo. This interview with Helen Bridwell – uncorrupted by booklearning, & that chastity peaking with respect to the term “immanent critique” around which her interview mainly swivels – somehow seems OK when it appears here; hextic.

Maybe more when I’ve read them.

Mini-update: Plantarchy: "Work by Frances Kruk, Allen Fisher, Susan M. Schultz, Piers Hugill, Camille PB, Kent Johnson, Kirsten Lavers, Helen Bridwell, Stephen Perkins, Peter Manson, Keith Tuma, Caroline Bergvall, Linda V. Russo, Sean Bonney, Rachel Smith and more."

Last Night at the Foundry

Harry Gilonis wasn’t fucking kidding when he blurbed that Sean Bonney “sometimes parties as though he were [Rimbaud],” it’s this daft totally unembellished channelling event, I hate it, because I don’t speak French, and besides which it’s weird, and astral Ménilmontant or whatever superimposes really badly onto Shoreditch so it’s most of the evening stuck walking onto a bollard (see note 1); the point is now I am bad wrack, crotsom, a sleepy little turd slipped into my Toilette & Douche U-bend cubicle for another three hours during which I will try to print some little signs saying YT and BAD and BARQUE and OPENNED and LES FIGUES and FABER & FABER and then round the corner to RED LION SQUARE and maybe Geraldine Monk and Sophie Robinson and things like that. The Clarke / VEER AWAY launch last night was good; Adrian’s exacting “post-borders,” strictly “under ratified suns” & then sort of about ten readers in under an hour. Some pieces did it for me more than others & some readers did it for me more than others but there was nothing intolerable. Most readers read from VEER AWAY, so you could play with following along or not. John Sparrow’s, along. Jeff Hilson’s, not. Ways to agree to attend. This classic-liberalist damage-limitation approach to even the paramount “tinpot elsewhere” (A.C.) is a bit miserabilist but I don’t feel very well. Paul Sutton characterised Jeff’s poetics as “fractal complaining” & later said something about a weird apocalyptic SF background to the In the Assarts / naïve sonnets sequence; I get that too: nowhere is the sight of a flayed mutant explicitly mentioned; Stephen Thompson may soon be claiming in print Jeff makes "good use of the things that he finds / the things that the every day folks leave behind" or maybe I misunderstood; here some bits:


"as if we are walking in a Norman forest."


"Or let them roam on lonely moats.
A vast moat beautifies
where she is going.
Is where she is going far?"


"I love thee castration & often tell
The maiden tries it & goes away."


"I know a man he pulls his mittens off
to tie the faggot up."


"But he was pre-radar
& she already spigot mortar.
They used to play
'she got the gun knowledge
I got the original caput she evolved from.'"


"Are they medieval people talking
oh Barbara
do you think we'll ever
move normally?
and the space between them.
My sonnet is
just the two of us surviving on a borders franchise
when you rang.
About the tower cranes on the estate."

Note 1: Cf. Steve Willey’s Battersea project, an attempt to -- which consumed his mind and body.

Wednesday, 10 October 2007

From "The Politics"

By Aristotle trans. Natalie Dung.

But if there be some person, or more than one, although not enough to make up the full complement of a state, of such superlative virtue that the virtues or the political capacity of everyone else admit of no comparison with his or theirs, he or they can be no longer regarded as part of a state; for justice will not be done to the superior, if he is reckoned only as the equal of those who are so far inferior to him in virtue and in political capacity. Such an one may reasonably be deemed a god among men. Hence we see that legislation is necessarily concerned only with those who are equal in birth and in capacity for statecraft. But there is no law that embraces men of that calibre -- they are themselves a law. Any would be ridiculous who attempted to make laws for them: they would probably says what, in the fable of Antisthenes, the lions said to the hares who asserted their claim to equality with them. And for this reason democratic states have instituted ostracism. Equality is above all things their aim, and therefore they ostracized and banished from the city for a time those who seemed to predominate too much through their wealth, or the number of their friends, or through any other political influence. Mythology tells us that the Argonauts left Heracles behind for a similar reason; the ship Argo would not have on board someone so vastly bigger than the rest of the crew. Wherefore those who denounce tyranny and blame the counsel which Periander gave to Thrasybulus cannot be held altogether just in their censure. The story is that Periander, when the herald was sent to ask counsel of him, said nothing, but only cut off the tallest ears of corn till he had brought the field to a level. The herald did not know the meaning of the action, but came and reported what he had seen to Thrasybulus, who understood that he was to cut off the principal men in the state; and this is a policy not only expedient for tyrants or in practice confined to them, but equally necessary in oligarchies and democracies. Ostracism is a measure of the same kind, which acts by disabling and banishing the most prominent citizens. Great powers do the same to whole cities and nations, as the Athenians did to the Samians, Chians, and Lesbians; no sooner had they obtained a firm grasp of the empire, than they humbled their allies contrary to treaty; and the Persian king has repeatedly crushed the Medes, Babylonians, and other nations, when their spirit has been stirred by the recollection of their former greatness.

The problem is a universal one, and equally concerns all forms of government, true as well as false; for, although perverted forms with a view to their own interests may adopt this policy, those which seek the common interest do so likewise. The same thing may be observed in the arts and sciences; for the painter will not allow the figure to have a foot which, however beautiful, is not in proportion, nor will the shipbuilder allow the stem or any other part of the vessel to be unduly large, any more than the chorus-master will allow any one who sings louder or better than all the rest to sing in the choir. Monarchs, too, may practice compulsion and still live in harmony with their cities, if their own government is for the interest of the state. Hence where there is an acknowledged superiority the argument in favor of ostracism is based upon a kind of political justice. It would certainly be better that the legislator should from the first so order his state as to have no need of such a remedy. But if the need arises, the next best thing is that he should endeavor to correct the evil by this or some similar measure. The principle, however, has not been fairly applied in states; for, instead of looking to the good of their own constitution, they have used ostracism for factious purposes. It is true that under perverted forms of government, and from their special point of view, such a measure is just and expedient, but it is also clear that it is not absolutely just. In the perfect state there would be great doubts about the use of it, not when applied to excess in strength, wealth, popularity, or the like, but when used against some one who is pre-eminent in virtue- what is to be done with him? Mankind will not say that such an one is to be expelled and exiled; on the other hand, he ought not to be a subject- that would be as if mankind should claim to rule over Zeus, dividing his offices among them. The only alternative is that we should let nature take its course, and all joyfully obey such a ruler, and men like him will be permanent kings.

Tuesday, 9 October 2007

Tuesday, October 16th, 8 pm,
The Erasmus Room, Queens' College,
Neil Pattison, Josh Stanley & Simon Jarvis will be reading.

Sunday, 7 October 2007

From "The Transatlantic Divide: Why are American and British IPE So Different?"

By Benjamin J. Cohen.

Once upon a time, it was possible to joke about the epistemological differences between economics and political science. A political scientist, one quip had it, was someone who thought that the plural for anecdote was data. The economist, by contrast, was someone who might not be able to remember your phone number but was willing to estimate it for you.

Saturday, 6 October 2007

The Small Publishers Fair

Event takes place next Friday and Saturday, during the day at the Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, London, nearest tube Holborn. I’ll be on a stall representing for yt communication, Bad Press, Openned, Barque Press, & Les Figues w/ maybe one or two cudbots from Critical Documents, Arehouse.

Saturday’s readings:

2.00 Sophie Robinson (Americat triumphant, will waddle in heraldically rampant & do the whole reading like that), Rosheen Brennan (says in spectacular finale she'll morph to a civil serpent before your cozened eyes, thinx there are “emergency exits open in her night” (Jeremy Reed) but hasn’t read Misery (Stephen King) closely enough), Steve Willey (something’s snapped inside him – see what’s left), John Sparrow (promised not to breathe lattices of luminous pre-linguistic jelly again then laughed)
2.30 John Bevis (not John Bevis but John Bevi, pl., live on their backs on the sea)
3.00 Eugen Gomringer, talk and reading (no data on this operative: assume he ghost wrote To Pollen)
4.00 Ken Edwards & David Miller (Ken may army at us, bare; David always frisbees mouthfeel discs where they don’t belong)
4.30 Les Coleman (when he is old, he will warp purple)
5.30 Jeff Hilson (the only American ever buried at the Kremlin) & Marianne Morris (pissed so hard on a lamppost it fell down, nailing in a bollard) & maybe Mike Sutherland Wallace-Hadrill (toy gid), & maybe Emily Critchley (sloe djinn) in the audience
&& final slot, Ulli Freer, me Crotter Crotter & others (Adrian Clarke?) ...

Friday, 5 October 2007

March for peace on Saturday, 6th October

11:00 Assemble at Tate Britain
12:05 Monks will drop petals over Westminster Bridge to symbolise the lives at threat in Burma
12:20 The march will come to a stop outside Downing Street where campaigners will tie their headbands onto Downing Street Gates
12:45 Rally at Trafalgar Square

For a map of the route, please visit: /

Organisations supporting this march: Amnesty International, Avaaz, British Muslim Forum, Burma Campaign UK, BDMA UK, Christian Solidarity Worldwide, Crescent Network UK, Federation of Student Islamic Societies, GMB, GNNSJ UK, Hindu Council UK, Human Rights Watch, Muslim Council of Britain, NUS, Prospect, Sikh Aid, Sufi Muslim Council, Support the Monks Protest in Burma (Facebook), TUC, Union of Jewish Students, United Nations Association of the UK, Unison, Unite the Union, Waging Peace.For more details please contact:020 7324 4710/ 020 7324 4716

Thursday, 4 October 2007

From "Black Mask & Up Against The Wall Motherfucker"

[...] WEEI: Where are you from?
Ben Morea: I’m from New York.
WEEI: Why are you in Boston?
Ben Morea: I moved to Boston. I intend to stay here.
WEEI: How long have you been here?
Ben Morea: Oh, about a week.
WEEI: You say you moved to Boston, did you take up residence? Do you work? What attracted you to Boston?
Ben Morea: The hip community here was under a kind of pressure that existed in other places around the country and I felt that the pressure should be resisted every place . . . Therefore I feel strongly that other members of the hip community all over the country have a need to defend the existence of the Boston hip community.
WEEI: Would you say you came here more to join the community or to fight the Establishment?
Ben Morea: They’re the same thing.
Ben Morea: Oh, yes they are.
WEEI: The same as what?
Ben Morea: We feel that the existence of the hip community itself is fighting the Establishment.
WEEI: In other words, then you set up the hip community as a kind of violent, oppressive . . . They certainly don’t seem passive. They represent the overthrow of the Establishment.
Ben Morea: There are many means of overthrow. I don’t reject violence. At the same time, I don’t see violence as a possibility for building what we want.
Christian Science Monitor: How do you plan on and how do you describe the concept of love and acceptance and honesty in reference to the hippie community that is known to be apolitical? How do you feel that this has to be reoriented? regarding what you just said for self-defense?
Ben Morea: Well I don’t find the idea of self-defense or even violence contrary to the idea of love . . . I don’t feel that that community is specifically a love community, but is a total community. And in order to be total, we understand that that means all elements of living. We don’t reject one element or the other. What we would want, the ideals we want, specifically is to create the kind of life that doesn’t need violence. I don’t like violence, but at the same time we recognize that to be full men, we don’t have a need to reject any part of living . . . If we are attacked, we don’t submit to attack. That is what the press would like to make believe the hip community does . . . The hip community is not the pacifist movement that exists in America. It’s a different thing. The hip community is a full community, a culture, a way of life, a way of existing. It’s not just a tactic or a means, or another form of pacifism. Many people in the hip community are pacific and would not use violence. But there are others in the hip community who feel that we must defend those values that we pose as an alternative to American values.
WEEI: Would you come in and set up your way of life in the midst of another way of life and take it over? Physically take over land that other people had used for other purposes?
Ben Morea: American society took over land from the Indians.
WEEI: Well, you’re not an Indian.
Ben Morea: We are all Indians. All of us are Indians. We are the return of the Indians.
WEEI: You are the return of the Indians?
Ben Morea: That’s right. You destroyed those people.
WEEI: I didn’t destroy those people.
Ben Morea: You destroyed those people with your culture which is the sickest culture that ever existed. Understand? You destroyed those people physically, culturally, and in every way you could. We who grew up in your society now know what you did, and we feel more affinity with them than with you. We are their descendants, we’re not your descendants.
WEEI: How old are you?
Ben Morea: 26
WEEI: You’re older than I am. So it’s your culture, not mine. (The reporter exits.) [...]

Wednesday, 3 October 2007


Wednesday 3rd October (tonight): Openned, kicking in at 7.15pm deep down The Foundry, on Great Eastern Street, London EC1 (nearest tube: Old Street, Exit 2). Jerome Rothenberg / Martin Dean / Chris Gutkind plus negative one Chris Gutkind / Caroline Bergvall / Openned mic.

Thursday 11th October, 7.30 pm, launch of Adrian Clarke’s Possession & the first issue of the Veer Away magazine. Also at The Foundry q.v.

Tuesday, 2 October 2007

From "Dog Puke"

By jUStin!katKO & Jamelia Wigmore.

True asked, astral?
and I hardly had the hard to tell her it was ass drool · quit

mothering me murmured misheard as
quit Othering me, this for a whole moth

the limerence aura about your li

ps li
tterhips · it

emitting at once
all relationships rainbow tint

bear one another . . . but I feel so stupid?
by some, like, loophole

my motes kept sensate
long since floated loose? sensation retentive

spurs, & wisps;
& in some afar shadow a · daddy's long leg's

groping me to orgasm; I meant
to say, as I nod entranced in yr scum&tedium

my ambient prick
nods & ugh this's how I've

the lest iff
suck me. Go

it along w/ me like the singer-songwriter’s lover once,

Mary Bruton, Sarah-Louise MacDonald, co
me sic on my lap hi

tlerhips · but
soft, the Lawgiver breaks long silence “ye

my blood is even drearier without my arm,

Monday, 1 October 2007

Buffalo & Providence

Tuesday, October 2, Firehouse 13 (41 Central St., Providence, RI), 8pm. Sean Bonney, Frances Kruk, Sophie Robinson and Joshua Strauss.

The organisers comment: "When I say Yt Communication, I mean three London poets: Sean Bonney, Frances Kruk, Sophie Robinson. They're actually not just from London they're from Hackney and they're not just from Hackney, they're from Armed Hackney, and they're not just from Armed Hackney, they're from the Payback & Affinity Yt Crackers Wing Commando Lineament Bee of Armed Hackney, which has to do with making known that their poetry will make your already-glowing SHIT Actually Flicker 2-Dimensionally. SO. These "poets", being my friends and allies in a world of Finite Love, these Poets being the generative pattern emanating from the ground beneath all the best stuff thereby making them a primary node in the international lattice-aura homotrope, these POETS will be reading poems loudly and showing films and making sounds with machines and distributing small small press books and essentially handing out receipts to the recognized. If you're there and you understand then you'll understand. Doors @ 7, live music by The Gentleman, and all of it featuring the discrete physician Joshua Strauss (Buffalo). Snacks too and a cash bar. Little donation at door."

Dust pees frog:

Thursday September 27, Rust Belt Books (202 Allen St., Buffalo), 7pm. Sean Bonney, Frances Kruk, Sophie Robinson and Ric Royer.

Friday September 28, Adam Mickiewicz Library (612 Fillmore Ave., Buffalo), 8pm. Launch readings given by contributors to P-Queue, Damn the Caesars, and Pilot.

Crucial hype.