Issue 24: Rupert Loydell

In Your Mind

          'I like the idea of telling myths really.'

           – Jon Savage, Vague #21

communique #1

the map is not the territory

the territory is undefined

beneath the pavement

the infrastructure of revolution

communique #2

suggestion below the level of hypnosis

may be a useful tool for revolution

or to predict the future

always aim to make things happen

interface with each other's dreams

a kind of social energy discharge

what are your real desires?

communique #3

in your mind

the ice is melting

speak under your breath

of things that matter

go on a trip elsewhere

so they cannot find you

(chose the target himself

but he's dead so can't be sued)

communique #4

the two events may be simplified as follows:

it happened here

it no longer matters


communique #5

no evidence of the beyond

even with gizmos for producing said

scowling and shuffling between

innocence and victimhood

does the message make sense?

no control over free expression

a complex emptiness

for anyone who wants to see

an innate sense

of the radiant universe

connections with

how they were lost

communique #6

the two theories may be simplified as follows:

authority carries too little weight

war is a matter of perseverance

communique #7

the dialectics of despair

violent inequalities

the invocation of how

political cover-ups

rationalised disorganisation

mass market shenanigans

irresponsible study groups

vandalism and nihilism

decentralised networks

snitches and sneaks

destroy everything

graffiti among the ruins

international conspiracy

a new apocrypha

intense intoxication

antimatter propaganda

persecution and misrepresentation

scrapyard parties

too many lost tribes

theatre of operations

the discontent

previous efforts

anarcho-punk slums

flashpoint wonderland

rough justice

consumer critique

the very last dance

no compensation due


communique #8

the future is ours

despair ends

and tactics begin

god did not tell you to do it

(defence rests)

Rupert Loydell is Senior Lecturer in the School of Wriitng and Journalism at Falmouth University, a writer, editor and abstract artist. He has many books of poetry in print, including A Confusion of Marys, Dear Mary, The Return of the Man Who Has Everything, Wildlife and Ballads of the Alone, all published by Shearsman, and Talking Shadows from Red Ceilings.

Shearsman also published Encouraging Signs, a book of essays, articles and interviews. He has also authored many collaborative works; and edited Smartarse and co-edited Yesterday’s Music Today for Knives Forks and Spoons Press, From Hepworth’s Garden Out: poems about painters and St Ives for Shearsman, and Troubles Swapped for Something Fresh: Manifestos and Unmanifestos for Salt.

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