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No. 55, Sacrifice of the Log (December 2012)

Posted in 5. Fifth Series (2012) on January 8, 2013 by thesorcerersapprenticeonline

No. 54, Geopoetry (November 2012)

Posted in 5. Fifth Series (2012) on November 7, 2012 by thesorcerersapprenticeonline

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Table of contents


01.          Perec, Species of Spaces (1974)

02.          Lefebvre, The Production of Space (1974)

03.          Debord, The Society of the Spectacle (1967)

04.          Cage, 4’33” (1952)


05.          Engels, Condition of the Working Class in England (1845)

06.          Simmel, The Metropolis and Mental Life (1903)

07.          Augé, Non-Places (1995)

08.          Foucault, Of Other Spaces (1967)


09.          Certeau, The Practice of Everyday Life (1980)

10.          Sartre, Critique of Dialectical Reason (1960)

11.          Baudrillard, Simulacra and Simulation (1981)

12.          Poe, The Man of the Crowd (1845)


13.          Barthes, Semiology and Urbanism (1967)

14.          Lautréamont, The Songs of Maldoror (1870)

15.          Rilke, The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge (1910)

16.          Breton, Lost Steps (1924)

Space is to place what language is to the spoken word: the abstract legislator of its concrete articulations. The act of geopoetry – the reading of a text in a public place – transgressses the designed function and intended use of that space, opening it to other readings. The point of these readings is not to use the selected sites as background, illustration, context or stages to the texts, but to use the texts to articulate these places, our passage between them, and the journey they compose. This journey, on foot, bike, bus, boat, tube and taxi, from one place to the other, is as much a component of a geopoetry reading as the texts themselves. The footsteps of the geopoetry walker are like syllables in the words of a poem, articulating, like the click of the tongue in the mouth of the speaker, the form of the city they cover. The poetry of the reading, therefore, is not in the text but in the act of reading itself. We want to do to space what poetry does to words.

No. 53, Postings: Poetry & Prose, 2011-2012 (October 2012)

Posted in 5. Fifth Series (2012) on November 7, 2012 by thesorcerersapprenticeonline

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Table of contents

01.           Place/Space (12/10/12)

02.           Subject to Change (9/10/12)

03.           Genius (5/10/12)

04.           Ode to Joy (28/9/12)

05.           The Brand New Testament (17/9/12)

06.           The Nation’s Favourite Poem (14/9/12)

07.           The Poetry of Cheese (15/8/12)

08.           A Day in the Life (27/6/12)

09.           Festival Hall (26/4/12)

10.           Public Transport (24/4/12)

11.           Your Picture Here (23/3/12)

12.           Invitation to a Reading (1/3/12)

13.           Alice in Fetishland (20/2/12)

14.           Man Shot in Cheek on London Street (16/2/12)

15.           Bibliophilia (13/12/11)

16.           Always Good To Stay In Line (8/12/11)

17.           Directions (24/11/11)

18.           The Ritual (22/11/11)

19.           English Civil War (9/11/11)

20.           Ah (20/10/11)

21.           Sonnet for Mark Malinowski (7/10/11 & 18/10/12)

22.           The Total Woman (14 & 17/9/11)

23.           Tension (11/1/11)

24.           Note

In London we are coming to the end of an extraordinary two years in which the crowds who made 2011 the year of dissent, occupation and rioting have been replaced by the passive, consuming, celebrating masses of 2012, the year of the Queen’s Jubilee, the European Football Cup and the Olympic Games. The same streets, cordoned off by the same police armed with the same weapons, have been subjected to a spectacular appropriation by an unaccountable alliance between the national government and international business. The streets that last year saw spending cuts, social unrest and political demonstrations, this year have been the site of enforced public expenditure, manufactured sporting success and organised national celebrations. The illusion is total, the spectacle complete. It is through this period of overt social engineering, of which Facebook has been one of the key instruments, that these pieces have been posted, so to speak, from behind enemy lines.

No. 52, The Fountain (September 2012)

Posted in 5. Fifth Series (2012) on October 2, 2012 by thesorcerersapprenticeonline

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Table of Contents:


1.           Rilke, Sonnets to Orpheus (1923)


2.           Balthus, Thérèse (1938)

3.           Scene I         A Picture

4.           Scene II       The Orgy

5.           Scene III      Laughter

6.           Scene IV      The Burial


7.           Scene I        The Fountain

8.           Scene II       Stories  i) Dinner  ii) Park  iii) Pub  iv) Taxi  v) Train


9.           Scene I         Laughter

10.         Scene II       The Rape

11.         Scene III      A Love Letter


12.          The Lesson of the Toad

The erotic is that place where the ridiculous is suspended under the consensus of a shared lust; of an agreement, which is not consciously made but which overwhelms you, to submit to the imperative of desire; to weave its scenes, its imaginings and its spoken exchanges, into a narrative, a fantasy, a play in which you are, simultaneously, playwright, stage-designer, director and actor, and which is played out across each other’s flesh. This is the real theatre. All these stories are made up. They were made up by the people in them. Then I wrote them down. Some were acted out, some exist only as stories.

No. 51, The Hunting of the Snark (August 2012)

Posted in 5. Fifth Series (2012) on July 31, 2012 by thesorcerersapprenticeonline

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Table of Contents

  1.           Elmer/Dening, ‘A map they could all understand’

  2.           Carroll, Preface (1876)

                FIT THE FIRST

  3.           Elmer/Dening, ‘He had seven coats on when he came’

  4.           Carroll, The Landing (1876)

                FIT THE SECOND

  5.           Elmer/Dening, ‘Had only one notion for crossing the ocean’

  6.           Carroll, The Bellman’s Speech (1876)

                FIT THE THIRD

  7.           Elmer/Dening, ‘You may charm it with smiles and soap’

  8.           Carroll, The Baker’s Tale (1876)

                FIT THE FOURTH

  9.           Elmer/Dening, ‘Tis your glorious duty to seek it!’

10.           Carroll, The Hunting (1876)

                FIT THE FIFTH

11.           Elmer/Dening, ‘If I had but the time . . . ’

12.           Carroll, The Beaver’s Lesson (1876)

                FIT THE SIXTH

13.           Elmer/Dening, ‘What the pig was supposed to have done’

14.           Carroll, The Barrister’s Dream (1876)

                FIT THE SEVENTH

15.           Elmer/Dening, ‘Words whose utter inanity . . . ’

16.           Carroll, The Banker’s Fate (1876)

                FIT THE EIGHTH

17.           Elmer/Dening, ‘He had softly and suddenly vanished away’

18.           Carroll, The Vanishing (1876)

19.           Epilogue

Material for the collages was taken from Henry Holiday’s original illustrations for The Hunting of the Snark (1876), from texts and images in The Conservative Manifesto (2010); from screen stills of participants in the BBC documentary The Secret History of Our Streets (2012); and from photographs on the internet.

No. 50, The Tomb of Louis XXX (July 2012)

Posted in 5. Fifth Series (2012) on July 9, 2012 by thesorcerersapprenticeonline

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Table of Contents

  1.           Frontispiece: Masson, La mort au soleil (1937)

                I. THE TOMB

  2.           Bataille, La lie (1944)

  3.           Bataille, Tombeau de vent (1944)

  4.           Bataille, A la nuit (1943)

  5.           Bataille, La blessure (1944)

                II. THE ORATORIO

  6.           Bataille, L’Oratorio (1954)

                III. THE BOOK

  7.           Bataille, Le Livre (1943)

  8.           Bataille, Les assiette, c’est fait pour s’asseoir (1946)

               IV. THE MEDITATION

  9.           Bataille, La Meditation (1954)

10.           Carpeaux, Supplice de cent morceaux (1905)

11.           Note

There was no time for a Louis XXX in the truncated lineage of the kings of France. But in French the title reads as ‘Louis Trente’, a name Bataille used, as he always did with his erotic writings, as a pseudonym for his authorship of another erotic text, Le Petit, which he published in 1943, the same year he was writing the verses for his unpublished work. If sovereignty, as Bataille concludes in his final meditation, can only ever be fully attained in the grave, The Tomb of Louis XXX is the tomb of Bataille himself.

No. 49, The Summer Solstice (June 2012)

Posted in 5. Fifth Series (2012) on June 27, 2012 by thesorcerersapprenticeonline

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Table of Contents

  1.           Itinerary

                I.              THE APPROACH (12.00-2.00am)

  2.           Memorial (Berry, Sabbaths, 1985)

  3.           King’s Sacrifice (Lawrence, Under the Oak, 1916)

  4.           Witch’s Dance (Auden, Death’s Echo, 1936)

                II.             PREPARING THE VICTIM (2.00-4.00am)

  5.           Magician’s Spell (Crowley, Aha!, 1919)

                III.            THE ENTRY (4.00-4.30am)

                IV.            THE SACRIFICE (4.30-5.00am)

  6.           Solar Meditation

  7.           Terrestrial Meditation

  8.           Lunar Meditation

  9.           Celestial Meditation

10.           Priest’s Communion

 ‘Religion is this long effort and this anguished quest: it is always a question of tearing oneself away from the real order, from the poverty of things, and of restoring the divine order. The animal or plant which man uses (as if they had value only for him and none for themselves) is restored to the truth of the intimate world: he receives from it a sacred communication which restores him, in his turn, to an inner freedom.’

– Georges Bataille