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The Corn Mother: Stuart Calton

The Corn Mother
Stuart Calton

A new cycle which uses bastardised myth and unstably extended analogy to mourn over, rage over and fuck over various "myths of belonging" propagated by the mainstream news media.


£4.00, 26pp, ISBN 978-1-903488-52-2, Feb 2006

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 Corn Mother:

Half torn apart

and ascending

(flight version)

over the sleeve

secretly corn is

rubbed out “by

means that are

considered disgusting”

and flying away.


And as a herb

screw the boat

cylinder wavy

attack repeat can

you family

Noctuidae inbred

strains wing to

their divine home

which is on heat.


Immolation better

extreme popcorn

worse border

police than

ever more

hexane I’m

silo to the max

brimmed over nailed

to the bus. Purely

as a peremptory

norm fails to

undercut sophisticated

listening imaging equip

heartbeat tugging

at the banners, mole

breathing sensed in

Cheriton and dispatch

it breaks off.


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