dark am i, yet lovely, a lily among thorns, majestic as stars in procession
WHY DESTROY YOURSELF? WHY DIE BEFORE YOUR TIME? THE KEEPERS OF THE HOUSE TREMBLE. DESIRE IS NO LONGER STIRRED. DO NOT CONFORM ANY LONGER TO THE PATTERN OF THIS WORLD.
Sunday, 9 December 2012
Best Verse Ever
There’s an exhibition of doors in Merseyside Museum. Basically a collection of real doors unhinged from their
original frames, wherever they might have been, and erected together as a
group after some serious artful intervention. They are painted and decorated and
peppered with thoughtful jokes and poetry. One in particular has some of the
best verse on it ever created by man. It is only four lines, which is not a lot when
you think about how many words you could fit on a whole door if you tried, but
sometimes less really is more, and especially in this case. Honestly, this post
cannot speak highly enough of the text you are about to read. Unfortunately
there is no name attached to the master wordsmith responsible, but wherever
he or she is, here’s to them taking a well-deserved bow. Forget Shakespeare’s
sonnets, or any other famous names you might associate with the craft of
writing. This below is the real deal. No messing. No nonsense. Just straight-up
layman literature, John Smith’s style. Here it goes:
Andrew has performed his spoken word at Contact Theatre Manchester and South Bank Centre London. His publications include Not Shut Up and The Big Issue. He has collaborated with the creative works of prisoners, patients and refugees. In 2008 his collages were displayed in a Co-operative art exhibition. Since then he has recorded over forty electronic music tracks and designed forty ceramic sculptures. He is currently working on a cyber goth novel while editing a substantial backlist, besides compiling a hardcopy portfolio of digital photo-montages and sketches.
Andrew was ousted from school into a secure psych unit as a teenager. Since then he has been homeless, imprisoned, and detained for several years under the Mental Health Act. Andrew is an ex-addict and a Voice-Hearer. He attempted suicide in the summer of 2015, but manages his demons thesedays by attending therapy groups, where he shares his otherworldly experiences with others. Simple things like poetry and weightlifting help motivate him. He enjoys pool, swimming, and working the punchbag. Andrew is an avid conspiracy theorist.