Tag: fear

Highlighted Sections I

(The following is a ‘found poem’ using the highlighted bits from a secondhand copy of Howard Barker’s Arguments for a Theatre.)

We are living
The extinction
Of official socialism.
When the opposition loses
Its politics, it must
Root in art.

In a bad time
Laughter is a rattle
Of fear.

Ideology is the outcome
Of pain.

When a child fell under a bus
They called it tragedy.
On the contrary, It
Was an accident.
We have had a drama of accidents 
Masquerading as tragedy.

It is never too late to
Forestall the death of Europe.

 

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Lydia Davis Project: In a House Besieged

(based on Lydia Davis’ short story ‘In a House Besieged’)

Man and woman
Live amidst terrors
Such as war and weather.
They are certain
Of these few things.

Long ago
Both decided
The only safety
Was between
Four walls.

Their lives – so
Boxed up and
Closed off to
The world. Afraid
Of it all.

The Lydia Davis Project: The House Plans

(based on Lydia Davis’ short story ‘The House Plans’)

Naked in this land
My soul pursues
Value in all things.

Such is the life I lead
As I struggle with
Quiet dignity.

Often wishing
I could return
To my long abandoned past
For no reason less than fear.

The Lydia Davis Project: The Fears of Mrs. Orlando

(The following is a response to Lydia Davis’ short story ‘The Fears of Mrs. Orlando’)

We are all paranoid women
When we walk the streets
Alone.
Making up fictions of the most
Macabre origins.

Shudder and retreat
Off these streets
When your fears and suspicions
Run wild
And free.

After a while,
Even your humble abode
Will not humble you with
The false comforts of
Hospitality and safety.

The world is the most
Dangerous game.
And you are a player
Without any ounce of
Expertise. So, flee.

Peace

Today I was struck
By the cries of our children
So I blocked my ears.