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'Oarsmen' by Karen Constance

Verity Spott

'Gideon is a hex; a sigil. The three sections record and contest alternate histories, quick-scoping again and again the same target, only to pronounce him dead already and absolutely immortal. The three sections are counterparts - Gideon, Isis and Eris. A grotesque and unmanageable trinity.'

Try not to shout with rage when you hear these five words.

What happens when one transgender teenager talks about the mud guard over the wheel in the campaign managers ergonomic swivel chair

I thought I was a travesty until I read this twenty three page indictment of cannibalism and assassination. What happened next will blow your mind.

Like if u cri.

24pp, ISBN 978-1-903488-86-7, 2014/09

Out of Print

Author Biography

"Verity Spott is amongst company Ashleigh ffrench, Victor Krabb, Kate Emerson etc etc. Was born in the middle of England, lived there, moved to the south of England and stayed there. Runs Iodine Press, which has published/is publishing works by Oliver Tatum, Chris Buckley, Amy De'Ath, Ian Heames, Lisa Jayne, Sean Bonney, and more and more. Also co-runs (with Chris Buckley) the Horseplay event, which takes place on the last Thursday of the month and is a mixed medium performance space endeavoring to break the monotony of what could easily be a music and Performance Poetry "cabaret" by smashing into it hideous noise, free improv, gabber poetry and unfolk folk. Veich also runs occasional events: Dym, Dym X, PW4 and Kissing His Boyfriend's Eyelids. Voc ventures into music with Four Manatees, Binnsclagg, Olympus Sub, Benzo Fury, Xenoglossic Hypostases Hawk Hissed Roar, all of which can be searched for on the Internet and heard / watched. Books include Effort to No, Dear Nothing and No One In It (with Jonny Liron), Illuminate This! and the forthcoming Balconette. Poems, texts and pictures have been tastelessly pasted into publications including Materials, Hi Zero, The Claudius App, Litmus, Romulan Soup Woman, Sussex Guild of Poetry, Splinter, UnAmerican Activities, No1 Fake and Supernormal. Vision is reachable at There is a blog here: There is music here:

Imminentise the Escha-what?"

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as life is halted and a gun is flung or planted

some twenty feet a single tear that is
for Thatcher’s numerous killings which is
a dwarf planet banned from the outer womb
of Gideon’s life-blood ascent into

SPRING, falls feet away from medics and we
are vaulted into parodies of lovers
drenched in lightening and as good as it is
to kiss in the rain of his blood, realise

that it is HEX that makes us futile and
is hate’s screed makes us lifeless and to HEX
and love and earth, are blinded by the light
of SPRING which is our deepest element:

Mere hatred is ordinary and life
can be stretched by the discrete realignment
of planets, bias is, as you say, in
your tongue’s tantra “an article of faith,

economic promise”” and so it is
with faith I must proceed, knowing to love
against you. I woke up convinced I had
rabies and resisted the compulsion
to stretch your throat in the air by my bed
and bite, despite liquids. Music seems to
press itself into pores of the required
position that minimum wage must not
self defeat. Henri Michaux, anagram.

Fuck it.

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