Thursday, 5 January 2017

reading/trans & genderqueer poetics in Leith [Edinburgh]/13 Jan

friday 13th january 2017
leith, edinburgh

they came from within: trans & genderqueer poetry love-in

a full line-up of trans and genderqueer poets
with strange and heartening and disturbing and liberating wordsplus an open mic for you to take part in
and relaxed socialising afterwards
raising funds for Dannii's House, local independent LGBT+ homelessness support work
all audiences welcome

f : e : a : t : u : r : i : n : g
editor at Topside Press and the founder of the Trans Poets Workshop

poet and queer/trans* activist, published by Veer Books, sociopathetic distro, and more


we have some open mic slots for trans and genderqueer writers, email to book one


writer and performer, co-founded inky fingers & anatomy, published by freight

the constitution bar
48 constitution street, edinburgh EH6 6RS
level access venue; gender-nonspecific toilet; BSL interpretation of poetry & compare
£pay-what-you-can donation


[revolutions on queen street]/[styrd manig nines]

[revolutions on queen street]
[stryd manig nines]

                                                we’re a
            mess of eyeliner / chic dole lips
            / for real ,& spray paint
            at seventeen:

                adore your failure

            in our future bores sunshine, gonna
            burn the claustro-
                you will hear

            this is a message from occupied england
            , such deep & sucked corporate slums
            :: forecast / soothe, our

                              strychnine flag scum barc
                  , poems on credit      / injection –lays

            heritage a corpse: drill lessons so/
            beautiful in sani-
                    ``, condemned / masochist
                                    –– with you i skin sinners

believe. // first world boredom, instantly
drain coke/exxon[:] let the spill gorge
-ous – donald’s famine / more real in mc
that will bring out freedom to life
                                                    , worms
                     . underneath skies dying
      beautiful europe / empty, blue:: is
      by our dreams baby,, pretty in eye-
      liner, broken in security,
      : fall to the floor / I no longer  

in debris / live, we
strung out sluts want our
own //

            every house in the quiet
rot has a conscience , delicate pieces
of scream

                                 // write
this alone : every dayspit
feels a corridor / fashion’d
glitter in feeling well

            see liberals pale
                                    , sanctify
            are an extinction / is
            known a relic
                                 all promise––
                 shareholding a piece of this
                 applause, icon, postcards, oil
                 -on-canvas, countryfucking / give

                                               a shit / vote
            conservative / straight
            imitation dignity,, tragic
                                                 mouths open –

            schooled against the soul
            dismay / feels an o.b.e.
            sells at market

                                   / patronise
            against the soul ,  close
            the pits, misery tours my

                                // anxiety frag
            -ments your landscape, sleepwrite
            this alone if its
            real against the soul

            repent .  find refuge .  grey
            not neon, grey not real /:
            loose home, maggots scream/er
            response / flesh
                                     disappears ––

            mistook flowers for union jack &
            spat,, trace creation. police vic-
            tory is / bows down to surrogate
            ; now tell the difference/ before
            lawyers :
                          starve like everybody else

            loser .  liar .  comes to court
            recreation for blank stars // too
            much white in the stars & , tie
            him   naked & stern & merciless

                                            #] as weeds is
                                    false oxford st. bull
                                    -fight/ a week later    no
                                    one cares // your love
                                    -ly effigy / tongue sold

            everyone is guilty .  pure
            or pendulum spec
                                        -tat/or fragments
                                        & bigots lovely ––

            democratic abyss / caress(es)
            moral odour fine colt equal
            : abuse dignified// in come midges
            reagan, stalin, thatcher, napoleon,
                 khrushchev, hitler, mussolini, churchill, chamberlain
            && designer coffee lears, I
            can’t remember the first line

Wednesday, 7 December 2016



firstly, thanks to all who came out to readings - in Tucson, AZ & Glasgow & London last week, bought zines and chapbooks, and hassled me for work or about in the most exciting ways.

the blog is underloved right now, but new poems will be appearing and there'll be a facelift if i can figure it, although first: a manuscript and the '£/€xtinctions' zine.


in the meanwhile, there's a little clip above recorded by Natalia of Many Studios in Glasgow, from a reading at the Outside-in, inside-Out Symposium in October. the video in the background is by Margaret Tait. thanks to the Oi-iO team for making a pretty incredible, complex week of hard work in thought, poetics and politics happen.


Holly Pester has put together the rather incredible Common Rest - an LP of collaborative lullabies, feminist worksongs to support various bodies, featuring a number of my favourite and new favourite poets and performers and musicians (including Vahni Capildeo, Verity Spott, Jenny Moore, Vera Rodriguez among others). its available from the Test Centre, on 12' and download, with a book of poems by Holly ( it feels like the practice of putting work alongside and through each other, working together across art forms and caring labour, makes for important / affectively rewarding world-building, what we need right now.

Holly & I wrote and re-wrote a poem for two voices, spent sometime looping it, and making noises on instruments that are ever-familiar. 


there's also a few poems from
£/€xtinctions in the new Poetry Wales, which also features this ace editorial from Nia Davies. much thanks to Nia for commissioning. there's also been some poems in Zarf #4.

more to come and more readings - including amid our new co-ordinates in Leith/Edinburgh - into the new year...

Thursday, 16 June 2016

from '£/€xtinctions'

‘€ (draft)'

"Mankind has obviously reached the end of something. The crisis is absolute."
- C. L. R James

                                         morning / proselytise tragedy
, helicopters & border patrols /
                                                                                     crumbling acres, enforcement
                                                                                     newsbait & sympathy [[  tuning
                                                                                     fork for national psyches, the arbiter

                                                                                     of action is the violator
                                                                                     // orchestrates criminal, good
                                                                 barbed calais
                                                 barbed marsham street
                                                                           fictions future divisions of labour
                                                                           detention & the law, future war &
                                                                           stablisations, future citizens abide
                            official divisions & affects, you
                            powerless & democratic :: rings
                            capital parliament to bae
                                                                  to drones to lands unlike / white labour pyramid
                                                                  & their need for the movement of our migrated limbs

                                                         the negation of england as island
                                                         , colonial geography in-itself #
                                                                                  ocean as fiction, litter
                                                                        & rigs,
                                                                                  fearstats, tear gas strung rail
                                                                                  -lines, surround’d england,

                                // threat level remains severe :: the ocean
                                , the desert
                                                 terrors: neo
                                                 fract retaliate
                                                                     threading / episteme the
                                                                     fundamental unknowable, new
                                     dronestrikes & oils ,
                                     necrocommon & exports
                                     militarised, breed’d
                                     wealth & destructN \\ keep the object-human
                                                                        fleeing out
                                                 of nations, hunger, repeat orders, strike
                                                 derelict, extinctions built for this world


                                       mourner’s europe

                                                               would flee its republics, totalities
                                                               , police fixtures & armament norms
                                                                                        & guards precarious,
                                                                                        howls hours & raids,

         for your protection
]] cultural decades
         assimilar like muslim like radcliffe lines / infrastruct
                                              division mutually breeched,

                                                                                             ../ secures mythic free
                                                                                             / alertsong in
                                                                                             print / neofash europe
                                                clearings /
                           enlightened a
                                                subject in which we
                         could not exist

                                                , bonds owed
                                                                     / alarmphones,, swallows med.


                                                                                             of future workforces
                                                                                             future stoppage & revolt, the  
                           knowledge & memory of failures historical
                           in the consciousness of seeking refuge


paint stain / trace scissorcut
                      black on fabric black fridays optical

                                                                             walk w/ wirecutters
                                                                             for composition / survive
                                       read :: the sea as deletion
                                                                             of the fortress that it
                                                                             washes against. national
                                                                             fantasy border / force [[

                                     temp news gallery , prime
                                     drone kiss
                                                     ~ erode dover chalk

                                                               the erection of steel they
                                                               believe can remain stable
                                                               against the necessities of movement.

                           urban gulls, friends yur
                           & scavengers
                                                / owners europe
                                                will miss us.

                                                               feed your concept nation
                                                               / shred office/r , as
                                                               donations matched by corps

                                                      chills  « rivercurve
                                                      of the neighbourhood after
                                                      bred ships {# then lux
                                                      to financial
                                                                        » mort wharf adjunct 'cross water

                threaded glass by vine &
                crash & decimate
                                               , the landgrass raising over dockyard & head,
                                               where materiality failed
                process rendered back into soil,
                                               brief trees, carbons & nitrates, keep
                                               the mist & the peace of it, the
                                                                                             sediment of all
                                                                                             hands & wood
                                                                                             & steel & the
                                                                                             girders history
                                                                     's fabric in flesh
                                                                     plunder & modern / atrocity / glass trash.

                                  by the mud, green landroll [& our
                                  suitcase held vivid;

                                               hygiene ecological. / thamesfog the city delete