A companion to The torn instructions for no trebuchet. At first an extended satire on performativity and cyber-theory which branches out into sawn-off pot-shots at transcendence. The Performative Avatar is a badly-drawn ghost scrawled on knotted bedsheets with a Curly-Wurly; the stars are the wrong map of the body you used to think you had.
Then the satirical impulse's detachment is ruptured, transcendence isn't so funny anymore, and a theatre curtain opens onto a scene of lightning's devastation. The clam quivers on the brink of the orchestra pit, whilst a cast of replacement objects perform frantic dumb-shows of ecstatic love and loss, "in total stupefaction like the / rabbit on prom night".
£5.00, 40pp, ISBN 978-1-903488-76-8
Stuart Calton was born in Wisbech, Cambs in 1977. He lives in Levenshulme, Manchester. He is a call-centre worker and an oppositionist member of the Socialist Workers' Party (UK) and UNITE.
He has published six small volumes of poetry so far. These are Sheep Walk Cut (Barque Press, 2003), The Bench Graft (Barque Press, 2004), United Snap Up (self-published through Fenland Hi-Brow Press, 2004, now out of print but available here), The Corn Mother (Barque Press, 2006), Three Reveries (2010) and The torn instructions for no trebuchet (2013). The first two books were reviewed by Robert Potts in the Guardian.
Stuart Calton is also a musician more frequently visible under the name T.H.F. Drenching. He has released a large number of albums of freely-improvised music and musique concrète with the now-defunct Fenland Hi-Brow Recordings. These are all online for free download at the Free Music Archive. His current label is Council of Drent.
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