Bogman Scarecrow, credit: Pumpkinrot

Some years ago, in a time I can’t see anymore
the layered pre-history of memory,
I bound myself meandering through a silted,
sinking pool. At first,
it seemed so light and flowing, full of internal convections, and imagined whirpools. Barely stopping my reckless steps,
which became morassive and dense,
impulsively I wandered into that self-indulgant quagmire.
Then, I realised, with age, and time,
I was in a tar pit.
And I couldn’t get out.

I drowned in its viscosity. With almost animal aggression,
I pulled myself deeper.
That tar, slow moving, patient,
ate at me , dissolving all that I was,
Stealing memories, taking…


I have put no small amount of thought, as I was writing this series, on how to conclude it. Were it a younger version of myself writing this, or if I was writing for Novara/Tribune, I might try and tie it up with a convenient bow. I might say, full of confidence, that having established the blueprints for footballer intellectuals through my short overview of its history, and by showing examples of counter-hegemonic football communities, that communists should go ahead and support Rashford-esque figures in their campaigns. But the title of this piece is ‘The New War of Position,’ and…


“Fear”, page 17 from the book “Der Golem”, illustrated by Hugo Steiner-Prag (source: Wikimedia Commons)

Ghassan at his desk, 1970. Bruno Barbey/ the Palestine poster project archive.

Today is the birthday of Palestinian revolutionary and author Ghassan Kanafani, who was assassinated by Mossad in 1972. He would be 85 today. Kanafani has been a massive influence on me over the past year or two, and I would be remiss if I didn’t say something about him. In my opinion, Kanafani remains as one of the best examples of how art and its use can be ever relevant and necessary for revolutionary politics. He never took part in the armed struggles often waged by the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, of which he was a member…


Searching for radical intellectualism, activism, and revolutionary potential in the history of football.

Image from Wikimedia Commons.

In the last part of this series, we looked at how football could be considered intellectual and, beyond that, virtuosic, taking from both Antonio Gramsci and Paolo Virno. In this second part, we’ll be looking at the history of football in order to provide some examples of what we are talking about, organic intellectuals within football. We’ll then look beyond that to examples of football clubs with a strong political culture, in order to counter reactionary elements within the sport. …


Robert Havell after John James Audubon ‘Great American Shrike or Butcher Bird’, 1834 (Wikimedia Commons)

In an an ashen tree

amongst tangled branches

a bright songbird nestles somehow in

the bramblelike mess of foliage

and warbles its usual motif.

There are variations that that human ears

will never hear,

dulcet blue downturns of sadness

the bright yellow repetitions

imperceptible against the pale background.

It does not sing as well as the others

but sings in a note too out of place,

too high for us

to perceive

It sits on the branch

and sings

and sometimes cries.

/

The shrike

doesn’t see a home in the mass

of too tall stumps

& cutting thorns.

It…


It’s been a busy past year for Marcus Rashford. The Manchester United forward has become a prominent figure in the media and national consciousness in the UK, something that is already quite a feat when one is a player for both a top UK team and the national squad. Already known for creating opportunities as a footballer, Rashford’s activism (which had already been ongoing long before) drew a lot of attention when he wrote an open letter to all MPs asking them to ‘reconsider your decision to cancel the food voucher scheme over the summer holiday period and guarantee the…


Photo by Alex Motoc on Unsplash

Boris Johnson has been Prime Minister for just over a year now, and 100,000 people are dead from COVID-19. Some (I could not possibly guess who) would be of a mind to say those two facts are related. But in the analysis and opinion pieces by both those who support him and those who oppose him, there is a fundamental mistake made in how they see Boris’ role in the death toll and in general during the Pandemic. …


By Francisco Goya — http://www.sarahsymmons.com/default/static/images/lectures/goya/disparates/bobalicon_4_1k_w.jpg, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=2586694

“It has to take it off to kill everyone — everything you love; all the hope and tenderness in the world. It has to take it off, just for one second. To do the deed. And then you see it.” — Disco Elysium

The infinite mass of flesh
of the great pale
death machine
moves once again.
Engorged limbs,
where colonial muscle once abducted like pistons,
slowly shift forward beneath split, wet skin,
the wounds of which
almost seem to scream
with blistering heat
and the thick, putrid stench of history that stubbornly remains
in its lacerations. …


An examination of the ghosts of revolutions past, and how they relate to our revolutionary present.

This article examines, as its subject, the issue of past revolutionaries, their strategy and how they relate to the present. It is a common recurrence for radical movements to take from the past, providing historical reference points for the contradictions of their own time. But this contains risks which must be discussed before moving on. If movements taking inspiration from the past is a common denominator, then it may be said that the mistake is projecting the events of the past onto the present without regard for the change in context, whether that be geopolitically or historically. …

davel

Communist, Theatre Artist, Poet.

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