Posted in Uncategorized on February 8, 2015 by thesorcerersapprenticeonline

Poetry is a sacrifice in which words are the victims.

– Georges Bataille

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice is a monthly periodical which explores the relationship between poetry and community. The format of each issue varies: an anthology of texts and images on a single theme; a new translation or contextualisation of a work by a single author; an extended reflection on different aspects of community; or the preparation for an event in which the theme of community is explored in practice. These events typically take the form of a collective reading of texts, but have also engaged in more complex and ritualised activity centred around these readings. In exploring these relationships, this periodical aims to be not only a site of reflection but itself an occasion for the formation of community. The publication of its contents online is an expression of this aim, to which visitors to this site are invited to contribute.

No. 78, Visions of Albion V (January, 2015)

Posted in Uncategorized on January 30, 2015 by thesorcerersapprenticeonline

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Table of Contents:

01.        White Fang

02.        Gossip 

03.        A Vision

04.        Focus E15 Mothers

05.        The Pizza in your Head

06.        Chat Up

07.        Remembrance Day

08.        Immigration Wars

09.        The Cellar

10.        Madness

11.        O City City

12.        The Ghost of Christmas to Come

13.        The Stranger

It’s for nights like these that I live in this city, and why, against the best efforts of the home counties bumpkins who have seized control of it, understand nothing about it, are slowly destroying it, and are doing their best to evict me and people like me from it, I will not leave the city of my birth, the city where I was born and raised, and where I live, still, like a foreigner in a strange land.

No. 77, The Wreckers’ Yard (December 2014)

Posted in 7. Seventh Series (2014) on December 7, 2014 by thesorcerersapprenticeonline

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Table of Contents:

01.        Cohen, Tuning In

02.        Cohen, Gone Fishing

03.        Cohen, Players

04.        Cohen, Sketches

05.        Cohen, Humans

06.        Cohen, Antidote

07.        Cohen, Five Minute Friend

08.        Cohen, Into the Eyes Through the Eyes

09.        Cohen, Piccadilly Line

10.        Cohen, In Bloom

11.        Cohen, Erections of Sap and Blood

12.        Cohen, Varying Conditions

13.        Cohen, Cupid’s Joke

14.        Cohen, Ronnie Scott’s

15.        Cohen, In London

16.        Cohen, The Little Known Foundation of Everything

17.        Cohen, Letter from Morton Feldman to John Cage

18.        Cohen, Walking Home

19.        Cohen, Hinterland of Mind

20.        Cohen, Like a Rock

21.        Cohen, Two Plates

22.        Cohen, Changeling

23.        Cohen, Ride

24.        Cohen, Atoms

25.        Cohen, Rhythm Slave

26.        Cohen, Skullscapes

27.        Cohen, The Yard Angel

28.        Cohen, Car Psyche

29.        Cohen, Atlantis

30.        Cohen, Of Descent

31.        Cohen, Wild Desire

32.        Cohen, I’m Not Scared Of Dying

33.        Cohen, Inside Out

34.        Cohen, The Wreckers’ Yard

35.        Cohen, Northern Bow, Southern Lit Arrows

36.        Biographical Note

The simplest description of these poems might be that they are the author’s protest against his own particular servitude, and his hope for a freedom that will not be his alone. They map out the topography and temporality of his day-to-day existence: days on the road, nights in pubs, at shows and at gigs – always out, away from the furnished room in Bethnal Green, returning home late to start the day again bleary and hung over. Then the brief freedom of the weekend, the pursuit of elusive women and the oblivion of intoxication, the journey, on foot, into the self. And then back in the car again for the week ahead. Month after month. Year after year. The rhythms of a working life. And running through it all are the poems, written on scraps of paper, in a notebook or into a phone, no longer hidden but read aloud to friends and strangers alike, at spoken-word events, at parties, in pubs and on the street – both interrogation of himself and communication with others, struggle with the monotony of life and embrace of its fleeting joys, the expression of the freedom he dreams of in this city of sleepless nights.

No. 76, Philosophy in the Boudoir (November 2014)

Posted in 7. Seventh Series (2014) on November 3, 2014 by thesorcerersapprenticeonline

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Table of Contents:

01.        Blanchot, Lautréamont et Sade (1949)

02.        Elmer, The Making of a Monster (2014)


03.        Historical Note

04.        Sade, Letters to Madame de Sade (1781-83)

05.        Sade, Dialogue entre un Prêtre et un Moribund (1782)


06.        Historical Note

07.        Sade, Les 120 Journées de Sodome (1785)

08.        Sade, Eugénie de Franval (1788)


09.        Historical Note

10.        Sade, Justine, ou les Malheurs de la Vertu (1791)


11.        Historical Note

12.        Sade, La Philosophie dans le boudoir (1795)

13.        Sade, Juliette, ou les Prospérités du Vice (1797)


14.        Sade, Last Will and Testament (1806)

15.        Note

The texts in this anthology formed the basis of readings performed between the 3rd and 4th of September, 2014, on a visit first to the Château de Saumane, then to the Château de Lacoste, both of which lie in the Vaucluse department of the southeast of France, 20 and 30 kilometres, respectively, east of Avignon. This issue of The Sorcerer’s Apprentice has been published to mark the 200th anniversary of the death of the Marquis de Sade on the 2nd of December, 1814.

No. 75, Everyman His Own Football (October 2014)

Posted in 7. Seventh Series (2014) on October 20, 2014 by thesorcerersapprenticeonline

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Table of Contents:

01.        Jedermann sein eigener Fußball

02.        Preface

03.        Elmer, Berlin Joke

04.        Elmer, All in God’s Great Plan

05.        Elmer, Manifesto for Life without Euphemism

06.        Elmer, Dada and the Nuclear Family

07.        Elmer, Dada Lives

08.        Wegner, Tier-1

09.        Elmer, Solar Cunt/Pissing Cock

10.        Dening, Dada Museum

11.        Elmer, Sonnet for Drum & Megaphone (Op. 365)

12.        Cohen, Cygnets

13.        Cohen & Elmer, Heady

14.        Thumper & Elmer, Poem for Cat & Keyboard

15.        Wegner,  Braid

16.        Meier & Wegner The Distance

17.        Meier, Three Periods of Loneliness

18.        Elmer,  Something

19.        Elmer, Brazuca

20.        Elmer, The Multinational Anthem

The bulk of the texts collected in this anthology were performed between the 11th and 15th of July, 2014, on a Dada Tour to Berlin. In a city in which every street has a museum or memorial to some aspect of its uniquely dark past, it is surprising that no commemoration exists for one of the few good things to have come out of Berlin in the Twentieth Century – Dada. The aim of this tour was to visit the sites of Berlin Dada during its brief life there between 1918 and 1920. This included visits to 118 Kantstrasse, site of the Business Office of the Dada Central Council for World Revolution; 76 Kurfürstendamm, site of the office of the publishing house for Club Dada periodicals and manifestos; and – the culmination of our tour as it was of Berlin Dada – 13 Lützowufer, the site of the First International Dada Fair of June 1920.

No. 74, A Fookin’ Shite Idea (September 2014)

Posted in 7. Seventh Series (2014) on September 18, 2014 by thesorcerersapprenticeonline

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Table of Contents:

01.        Barbour, All the Gold in the World (1375)

02.        Skinner, Tulluchgorum (1776)

03.        Burns, Auld Lang Syne (1788)

04.        Burns, Awa, Whigs, Awa! (1790)

05.        Burns, Fareweel to A’ Our Scottish Fame (1791)

06.        Burns, Scots Wha Hae (1793)

07.        Burns, A Man’s a Man For A’ That (1795)

08.        MacDiarmid, A Drunk Man Looks at the Thistle (1926)

09.        Gray, Scotland (1928)

10.        MacDiarmid, The Little White Rose (1934)

11.        MacDiarmid, Scotland Small? (1938)

12.        Muir, Scotland 1941 (1941)

13.        MacDiarmid, A Vision of Scotland (1949)

14.        Hanley, Scotland the Brave (1950)

15.        Muir, The Difficult Land (1956)

16.        Williamson, Flower of Scotland (1965)

17.        Crichton Smith, The Clearances (1968)

18.        Reid, Scotland (1971)

19.        Morgan, Post-Referendum (1984)

20.        Morgan, The Coin (1984)

21.        Crichton Smith, The Beginning of a New Song (1997)

22.        Note

The poems in this booklet were performed at The Three Crowns in Stoke Newington on the evening of Thursday the 18th of September, 2014, the day of the Scottish referendum. According to legend, James VI of Scotland, on his way to be crowned James I of England, Scotland and Wales in 1603, a full hundred years before the Act of Union, and seeing London for the first time from the heights of Stamford Hill, stopped here for a drink, whereupon the landlord declared that, henceforth, the pub would be called The Three Crowns, as it still is today.

No. 73, Gaza Funeral (August 2014)

Posted in 7. Seventh Series (2014) on August 8, 2014 by thesorcerersapprenticeonline

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Lists of Images:

01.         Gaza Funeral #1: Mohammad, Ismail, Zakariya and Ahed Bakr

02.         Gaza Funeral #2: Marwan Sleem

03.         Gaza Funeral #3: Hoda Shalof

04.         Gaza Funeral #4: Hasan Baker

05.         Gaza Funeral #5: Wadah El Batesh

06.         Gaza Funeral #6: Salem Shammaly

07.         Gaza Funeral #7: Abu Muamar family

08.         Gaza Funeral #8: Khalid Jarour

09.         Gaza Funeral #9: Bakr family

10.         Gaza Funeral #10: Ibrahim Hasouh
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