the look of laid off 53 year old men
unable to stop the tears
welling up inside their battered eyes the sight
of their broken bodies
walking out into the sun
for the last time the stink
of death as they start to split mocking us
still employed controllers that at least
they are now free again the pain
ripping them up the three kids and woman
they haven’t told yet the nine years left
on their mortgage and endowment payments
handed over in a manila envelope and the hurt
and utter uselessness they try to block out
as they buy large tequilas for everyone
in the pub across the road waiting
for the last of the last bells to arrive
and everyone to walk away
from them this time
Thanks to Billy Mills for this excellent review of ‘broken stories’.
Language of Objects, Text & Images: Murdo Eason, Sound: Brian Lavelle, Blind Roads Press 2017, ISBN: 978-1-9997718-0-5, £10.99 plus P&P.
Bone Ink, Rico Craig, the now defunct Guillotine Press, but available from the author for 20.00 Australian dollars.
The Orchard Keeper, Susan Connolly, Shearsman 2017, ISBN 9781848615601, £6.50
A Day that you Happen to Know, Nic Stringer with illustrations by Lucy Kerr, Guillemot Press, £8.00
Broken Stories, Reuben Woolley, 20/20 Vision, ISBN: 9781907449031, £9.50
Language of Objects is a collaboration between Murdo Eason of the Fife Psychogeographical Collective and Brian Lavelle, sound artist and the Edinburgh Drift project. It consists of a book containing photographs and texts by Eason and a CD of a sound piece called Sullen Charybdis, theBlue of Scarabs by Lavelle, the music responding to, and in some ways mirroring, the book rather than accompanying it in any narrow sense.
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