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The Bench Graft: Stuart Calton

The Bench Graft
Stuart Calton

The Bench Graft is an angular and impressionistic review of the disgusting history of Parliamentary Democracy.

£4.00, 32pp, ISBN 978-1-903488-36-2, 2004

Out of Print

Author Biography

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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from The Bench Graft vii


Ring out distorted on
target brokered to
spanner perfectly a
retainer ligature. The
jaw needn’t crack,
muscle tight across the
safe seat. Shake up the
snowball, as the latch

alarm permits. It is a
grip of circular fever as
curaçao production persists,
unstirred, built to cope;
the too-solid glaze of
frost can convey a
tendered brilliance
recalled on request.
Count on this quiet
inversion, see if Andy
Love can draw a wince,
singing out, clear as a bell.


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