Monday, February 8, 2016


Then
Permission
To go
To the
Red Sweet Shop
At the
Very
Very
Edge
Of
The
Universe

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Death's A Lousy Fucking Date



Death does not come too soon
Death doesn't come too late
Death does not drink too much
Death doesn't put on weight
Death's not into sport
Field or track
Death
Ssssh
Shoots 
Smack
Death is a vegetarian
Death fronts a Morrissey tribute band
And death's a dab hand
At early Cohen
Tindersticks too
But death's certainly not too fond of Fellini
And all that Dolce Vita shit
No
No
Death 
Sucks 
Milkshake
Noisily
Death doesn't do
Penis in popcorn carton
Trick
Death doesn't embrace at the gate
Cos
Let's face it
Death
Death
Death
Is

Lousy
Fucking 
Date

Monday, September 28, 2015

LINGO Compensation

Pls share. 
www.itsapoeticalworld.com/publication/ilti

Given up on marketing/selling. Got around 500 sales. Now throwing it into the literate quarter of cyberspace for free. Lovely reviews fromLenny Abrahamson Declan Kiberd @alanglynnbooks @DevlinMartina, FerdiaMcCanna, Broadsheet.ie, Atticus Review, @Namawinelake, Village @RachelMaddowShow and even the Indo. Title vidpoem shown at Vancouver's Visible Verse. Sold out shows Dalkey Book Festival. Electric Picnic gigs etc etc. Would it get a man a gig at Lingo, Ireland's new spokenword festival. Would it fuck. Anyhow just offered the ebook link to Lingo as a punter going home prezzie. Tee hee. I am not bitter. No. I am just angry. I can do this shit quite well. Better than a lot of people. Some of them appearing at the festival along with some proper talented people. Perhaps fair enough. The price you pay for being different. I ignored the Irish lit scene. I used the digital world to seize the means of production. I didn't solicit Ireland's poetry publishers. God fucking forbid. I didn't blow the quarterly dudes. Not even my sharp smart cousin. Eek nepotism. No. I sought reviews from directors, crime writers, journalists. I went to YouTube sted of The Stinging Fly. No disrespect to Declan Meade whom I like. I didn't want to play their game. I didn't want to go begging to be published in the town's literary journals - though was most happy to appear in international ones like Atticus, ploughshares, the echo room. I wanted to launch campaigns that might reach people. SoI looked to news joints for publication like broadsheet n beyond my wildes dreams the Rachel Maddow Show blog. Poetry launched like ad campaigns. Witty potent succinct and yet subversive. Ergo YouTube. I don't need you Dublin dudes. I can do this myself with the help of my talented friends. And bingo the Vidpoems have been shown at festivals around the world. With Birmingham Lit Festival n Calgary's Wordfest coming up soon. A couple of Canadian shows have even paid for the privilege of screening the Vidpoems. Not much. But still. And the festival in one's home town. Not even five minutes. The shows at the Dalkey Book Festival sold out. 60 seats at a tenner. Not Croke Park. But still shows a degree of commercial viability. Anyhow you can sense I am annoyed. So pls share the link to the ebook. The more embarrassing I can make the Lingo refusal the better. And I suppose the more remote the likelihood of getting a gig in the future. But fuck that. N fuck them. Anyhow better shut up about the creeps before I say something I regret.
What is it they say?
A poser is never recognised in his home town.


Now it seems 


Cats is off to the Zebra Poetry Film festival in Berlin. For the second year running. This time it features in some programme about angry obsessive loons. Strange that.

Monday, September 21, 2015

DUMP THE JEWISH AND ISLAMIC FUNDAMENTALISTS AND DEAL WITH IRAN.

Imperial power in decline  - the pyscho sexual manifestations. How is the US dealing with its mental illness. It's bellicose, paranoid, psychotic and now pursuing the military oppression of its own people.
Bush, Wolfie, Cheny, Perle, Rummy went on destroyed the world in the interests of Israel and big oil. And leaving - Tee Hee - the real winner of the Iraq war - Iran.
Why do you think the neo-con vulture capitalist idelologues are freaking about detente with Iran?
Not alone cos they are bitter and twisted about Iran's winning role.
But the plan was always to take out Iraq, Syria AND Iran.
2/3
Iran was saved from Syrian like subversion cos it had plenty of US troops trapped in Iraq to instantly kill if t Benny's Washington bootboys lost the run of themselves.
Iranian backed trained n armed Shiite forces could turn the heat up and down on the US troops as they wished.
Until with the withdrawal.
Iran may have lost its GI hostages.
But it won the war.
And as soon as the withdrawal -
BA BOOM BA BOOM -
The drums of war.
Jerusalem keeping the beat.
Now is the time.
Only pussies did not want to fight the mullahs.
Look we 'took' Iraq.
There are scary people in power now America is in serious decline.
And terrifying as things are, pause, think
TRUMP
A true redneck fascist capitalist thug.
Dumb to boot.
No match for the mullahs.
Jesus the Iranians have read their Machiavelli.
Trump probably thinks its a scent liberals wear.
The Iranians know the score.
They can match drone terrorism with a truck bomb terrorism.
They can be hardcore.
If the US bomb one of their passenger planes, they  can down a plane over Lockerbie.
But Americans - who downed a passenger plane first?
Iranians are a reasonable people.
Iran is an old culture, learned and self confident.
Sure
It has jihadis to meet teahadis.
But most of them are sane.
Like Hezbollah.
Disciplined.
Smart.
Thinking ahead.
But the yanks are so far up Israel's hole that the show has gone psychedelic.
Cos up there in Benny's anus - the Pentagon hangs with obscurantist medieval Wahhabii beaheaders devising plans to tackle/defeat obscurantist medieval Wahhabi beaheaders with get assistance from...yeah you gussed it.
And over canape and manpads, the US brass brushes shoulders with Saudis who, if they did not  know, blessed the 9/11 Jihadis.

But BOO BIG BAD Iran it executes people
Just like USA but not as many.
Iran - our enemy - fights ISIS.
Our ally Saudi beheads people and it helps promote ISIS.
And it helps defeat ISIS.
Imagine Saudi as a girlfriend.
(If you could see her face)
Yeah sure Iran calls you the great Satan.
After Prime Minister Mossadeq's US backed ouster I'd call you worse.
Then backing a sadist poppycock like the Shah while you raped resources.
But the Iranians like the Vietnamese are old proud cultures with the self confidence to move. And sure take revenge but only if expedient.
But  the Saudis - the exporters and financers of one of the ugliest manifestations of religion this side of the Middle Ages.
The Sunni Salafi death cult.
Ignorant rapists murderers and thieves elevated to state status.
The Saudis have the money to fly to London for their supermodel Yazidi booty.
 A spoiled thick fascist cowardly bunch who seemed to have brought nothing to manking but brutal desert puritanism.
A brutal theocracy not unlike that found in Israel.
Admittedly Israel hides behind the rainbow flag as it kills kids.
Gay rights!
Holy sodomy
We're so cosmo.
But you coan't keep the fundies down.
And Jewish fundamentalists brought up on a diet of brutalising Palestinian women and children now see nothing wrong with stabbing faggots.
See the last Pride.
Israel and Saudi  are different evolutions of medieval mutations.
One is sold better than the other. Expert peddlers of con.
The other does not care about image as long it has oil and money.
Call me what you like as long as you need me.
And I know you hate me.
That's why my brother is just landing a plane in a big tower.
Despite the Tel Aviv con - smart people know you can't be a theocracy and a democracy.
Both are maintained by violence and superstition.
Both are threatening the future of the civilised world.
Israel provides the rage.
Saudi the swords to express the rage.
Saudi keeps its nihilist death cult buddies flush with money and guns as far away as possible.
Israel has them all over the gaffe - in subsidised armed jewish supremacist Bantustans in the West Bank.


Yeah sure Iran calls you the great Satan.
After Mossadeq ouster I would have been tempted to execute the Shah's military backers.
But the Iranians like the Vietnamese are an old proud culture with the slef confidence to move and sure take revenge if expedient.
But they are not the Saudis - the exporters and financers of one of the ugliest manifestations of religion this side of the Middle Ages.
The Saudis are a spoiled thick fascist cowardly bunch. A brutal theocracy not unlike Israel. Admittedly Israel allowed gay rights - but the jewish fundies are out stabbing queers now if they can't find Palestinians to torture.
Israel/ Saudi  are medieval mutations. Despite Tel Aviv con - you can't be a theocracy and a democracy.
Israel and Saudi are founded on violence. Saudi keeps the nihilist flush with funds and guns as far away as possible.
Israel has them all over the gaffe - in subsidised armed supremacist outposts in the West Bank.
Islamic/Jewish extremists are the problem.
Support for Israel and Saudi has to be jettisoned.
Time to talk to Iran.
Deal with the Sunni extremists.
And then finally their Jewish brothers.

Support for Israel and Saudi has to be jettisoned.
Time to talk to Iran.
Deal with the Sunni extremists.
And then finally their Jewish brothers.


As indeed did Syria before US/Israeli sunbversion
As did Iraq before US/Israeli sunbversion.
Realpolitik is an ugly game.
Yeah sure Iran calls you the great Satan.
After Mossadeq ouster I would have been tempted to execute the Shah's military backers.
But the Iranians like the Vietnamese are an old proud culture with the slef confidence to move and sure take revenge if expedient.
But they are not the Saudis - the exporters and financers of one of the ugliest manifestations of religion this side of the Middle Ages.
The Saudis are a spoiled thick fascist cowardly bunch. A brutal theocracy not unlike Israel. Admittedly Israel allowed gay rights - but the jewish fundies are out stabbing queers now if they can't find Palestinians to torture.
Israel/ Saudi  are medieval mutations. Despite Tel Aviv con - you can't be a theocracy and a democracy.
Israel and Saudi are founded on violence. Saudi keeps the nihilist flush with funds and guns as far away as possible.
Israel has them all over the gaffe - in subsidised armed supremacist outposts in the West Bank.
Islamic/Jewish fundamentalists are the problem.

Support for Israel and Saudi has to be jettisoned.
Time to talk to Iran.
Form an alliance with Iran
Deal with the Sunni extremists.
And then  their Jewish brothers.

Then it will be time to tackle that fascist buffoon Trump

Sunday, September 20, 2015

DONAL TRUMP & THE US - IMPERIAL POWER WITH ERECTILE DYSFUNCTION

Imperial power confronted by erectile dysfunction is some scary shit.
Maggie Thatcher fought a war to show the Brits could still get stiff.
(And some did)
Now the Yanks got this bellicose buffoon.
Think of the global carnage of the that fool's sperm splatter.
We shall overcomb.
But all that hairdresser time.
It'll freak out Putin.
And as for Mousl?
It'll be off the top of a high rise Trump.
Mainline irony..
I despair for America.
But as Dick Cheney's daughter perhaps secretly sang after a kilo of ribs. slaw, claws, babes, glocks, single malt, rohypnol, college contro- not contra-versy, harmless cheer leader finger fuck and beer.
Yeehah!
Like the man in Hue.
Like the scene in Nam.
We gotta fuck the US to save it.
Burn down the hooch.
Throw away the trinkets.
Waste the buffalo.
Drop the killers' Trump card
Come on Cruz, Bush, Ritchie....off with their ears.
(Earlace . Gooky beauty)
Man that war on terror took a dumb traumatised people down a rabbit hole.
So now your otherwise unemployed kids have prospects; you can get maimed in so many exotic places.
So much contractor money to be made with the allies of the akbar
But towel heads.
Sell their mothers!
Just mind your six.
And pray for a clean one.
Cos yr bellicose bosses just gambled your insurance.
And about that leg you lost in Fallujah?
What you wanna walk the walk with Obama care.
And talk that tax dollar talk.
Well hobble the fuck along Amigo.
Hop back over the wall you came from!
You ugly loser
Leaving your limb in Anbar.
You mutant reminder of all that
Chavez Castro
Pick pocketing 
Socialist shit.
Hey you communists.
We're building walls.
And don't fuck with Donald.

Meanwhile back at the ranch.
Jesus wept.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Remember that band U2 - Sarajevo and the Dandelion days

Busking in the Dandelion - I merely bottled - we'd stop when they started.
1978 and they had something going.
Would head also to the afternoon gigs in McGonigles.
When U2 supported the Prunes.
They were amazing.
That Xmas gig they did in the TV Club on their return from plugging Boy in New York was beyond electric.
They knew they were on to something.
We knew there were on to something.
It rocked.
Drenched in sweat, soaked in sulphate, walking to Blackrock before the hitch to Monkstown worked landed me with a fever over Xmas.
Then they got religion and made those 'Made For The USA' albums. Possibly slightly more complex Simple Minds.
Then they came to terms with the US, beyond the white boy bombast, nearer to the blues.
And they pulled off their commercial masterpiece
The Joshua Tree.
Funny the boys with the exception of Adam did rock band in reverse.
After Boy they all found religion - Some dodgy evangelical dude called Dennis on Capel St.
So they did scriptures when the others did scripts.
Get thee behind me speedball.
The disciples then find a missus.
Then kids.
Kind of grounded.Kind of rooted.
Kind of confident. But kind of nervous. 
They start to probe.
Then they actually made rock n roll - good ****.
Real deal.
Achtung Baby is an amazing ablum.
Then they dropped the crucifixes for a bit of messing.
But they were that bit older.
Mature enough not to choke on their own irony.
Less likely to be a spike still in vein toilet job.
No
Turning on, not turning blue
Rock n roll - opposite to what the others do.
And that - combined with talent - was the secret to their success.
The normal route is album adulation cocaine copulation capitulation sequeing into smack and crack and overdose and if you are lucky enough to have yr fried mind upright you buy the Christian dope or the Buddhist **** or whatever.
But U2 were mainlining Jesus before gale force cocaine hit them.
And then when they later felt like the odd walk in the wild side weather, they were mature enough to wear thermals.
Let that be a lesson to you young bucks.
Now go back and listen to Shadows And Tall Trees and Out of Control.
That's good Jesus
That's good dope
By anyone's bible.

And every time I talk about U2 I skip the easy digs.
Jesus Bono yeah yeah yeah.
But, sssh, listen
RESPECT
For that Sarajevo gig.

That was something else.

And the Italian troops in full sing-a-long, even going on with the crowd long gone.

All right beside the graveyard that grew so much in the previous years. With funerals targeted feeding more funerals. 

Right beside it, the Olympic stadium.

The boys in the Lemon.

Sweet.

It was worthy.

Truly.

In the background a very funny little historical footnote.

A very odd one for rock n roll.

The corridors of power around the world awaited the outcome of the first polls - the election being the first act in the multi multi Dayton peace plan.

The election took place in a very fraught tense atmosphere - this had been a nasty bitter vicious war. And the smoke had barely cleared from the battlefield.
But the polls had gone down without any major violence.
And now the votes were being counted. 
In a vast factory in the rural outskirts of Sarajevo.
Fertiliser sacks served as sandbags and Iron Cross emblazoned German tanks and troops manned the perimeter.
Hundreds of primarily young Bosnians were counting the results around a couple of dozens tables.
About 12 to a table.
A Croat. a Serb. A Bosniak etc etc
Counting non stop 24hrs a day.
The kids were all delighted to get the relatively well paid gig.
And I kept up jokes, banter and meta-lingual tom foolery just to get us through the 12hr shift
Needless to say U2 coming to town was the talk of the show.
Everyone was excited.
It transcended all ethnic issues.
I sussed that 90% of my guys had tickets to the gig. 
And they were supposed to be counting that night.
It was their shift.
Yeah they needed the money.
The week's work was gonna keep a lot of families going.
BUT.
U2 were coming.
A major rock gig.
In Sarajevo.
Where you brazed snipers to get water out of the river to bring back to your apt with the blown out windows in deep winter.
And the trees outside already chopped down for fuel.
Former neighbours sat on the hilltops and dropped lead onto the people below.
This was more than a concert.
This was hope.
Hope.
Pure and simple.

I was realised these kids were going to the gig. 
Wages/permission or not.
I strolled up to Bruce.
"Bruce all my kids are going to the kid."
Bruce's superficial stoner charm belied the shrewd worldly mind of a true operator.
The Canadian was a kind of gonzo electioneer.
You hired him and his crew when you wanted to run elections in dodgeville.
I knew Bruce from the UN brokered elections in 1993 in Canbodia.
I was the Cambodia correspondent with AFP.
He was doing what he was doing in Bosnia.
Making an election happen.
Pulling off miracles.
Getting killers to behave.
Getting around minefields.
Getting logistics going where infrastructure ceased to be.

"Fuck it," Bruce said with his laconic grin.

"I'm going to the gig."

"And?" I asked.

We'll suspend the count.

And that's what happened.

Quietly without informing the waiting world, we just suspended the count for the night.

Washington, Paris, London, Moscow all waited with bated breath.

This was the first attempt to see if a shaky peace could hold.

But all that war and peace stuff was put aside that night in the former Yugoslavia.

We were all off to the gig.

Where curiously the Irish army provided security.

It was funny strolling in back stage with the Chief of Staff Gen Gerry McMahon - an old friend from his days in the Middle East running the UN gig in the south of Lebanon.

And Bono?

Well Bono just came on stage.

"Hello Sarajevo. Fuck the past. Let's embrace the future."

And the place - full of Serbs, Croats and Bosnian Muslims - rocked.

You could have danced for days on the appreciation.