"And don’t let some
wise and quick-faced historical rat tell us about
the industrial north and its misery, since every
songbird since then (& with no honourable
exception for D.H. Lawrence) has carolled about
that beautiful black colour as if
this were the great rot in the heart.

It was not and it is not.”

From ‘Die a Millionaire (pronounced “diamonds in the air”)’ by J.H. Prynne, in Kitchen Poems (1968) #cameronpoems

from gsr to wcs

Press to exit emergency door release new slider front please switch off all lights AND equipment before you leave. Thank you! Faculty of English 9 West Road FIRE INSTRUCTIONS ROOM NO. S-R22 1. If you discover a fire OPERATE THE NEAREST FIRE ALARM. Fire alarms are located by the stairs on each floor, and are operated by breaking the clear panel. 2. If the fire alarm sounds LEAVE THE BUILDING BY THE NEAREST SAFE EXIT. Do not run, and DO NOT USE THE LIFT. 3. REPORT TO THE ASSEMBLY POINT ADJACENT TO THE FACULTY OF HISTORY. Do not attempt to re-enter the building until permission has been granted by the Fire Brigade. Your nearest fire exit is: Turn left, go down the main staircase and out through the main doors Please familiarise yourself with these notes NOW 05 April 2005 Graduate Common Room Remember to SWITCH OFF before the holidays OFF Have a great holiday but switch off the lights, your computer and printer. www.savetodaysavetomorrow.com Graduate Study Room press LEAVING THE DOOR OPEN AT ANY TIME WILL SET OFF A SILENT ALARM CLOSE THE DOOR! Academic Visitors’ Room This door will be locked at around 5.00 PM Graduate kitchen Once again this kitchen is a filthy disgrace, it would not pass a health and safety inspection. Please get these cups etc washed up and put away by Friday 15th June, otherwise they will be removed from the kitchen. Once it has been cleared the cleaners/custodians Will be able to clean the surfaces. NB the cleaning will not be done until the sink/draining board is cleared. Signed custodians Please wash up your OWN mugs. Thank you! Fair Pensions For All UCU Fair Pensions For All ACADEMIC VISITORS’ CUPBOARD IF YOU USE A CUP WASH IT UP! PROF J. KINSELLA Collecting chapbooks? try faculty office JK. Lecturer’s Common Room The Flavia coffee machine is for the use of lecturers and visiting scholars only. Students should make coffee or tea at the tea point. No food or drink is allowed near the computer. « Offices S-R02 to S-R13 « Seminar Room Fire door keep locked Fire door keep locked FOOD AND DRINK ARE NOT ALLOWED IN THIS ROOM SPILLAGES DAMAGE CARPETS AND EQUIPMENT Fire door keep locked Dr Philip Connell [redacted] Dr G. F. Parker Mr Jeremy Hardingham Centre for Material Texts So the oil is ours. It’s ours. Contre l’historie, Fri Art, Fribourg Nothing… That’s queer… Where the devil can it have                    gone? X-RAY [redacted] Bild oben: hiepler, brunier. Ste. Genevieve II. United States. 2010. Piezo Pigment Druck. 161 x 213.5cm. Privatbesitz. ©Holcim IP Prof P. De Bolla Dr C Warnes cgw26@cam press Prof S. Jarvis spj15@cam.ac.uk In Robinson 2-3pm 10 xi This is an ‘L’! swl21@cam.ac.uk Dr Chloe Preedy ckp21@cam.ac.uk press Dr R. Lyne Dr S. Meer Dr P. Gopal “Wat did you do, Daddy, when they sold the NHS, closed all the libraries and privatized all the schools?” “I voted on X-Factor and complained that my Blackberry network was down…” I’m working to contract UCU Defend USS! Wie Lassalle sagte, ist und bleibt die revolutionärste Tat, immer ‘das laut zu saugen, was ist’. Rosa Luxemburg Winter P&O in the EAST BOOK HERE – NO FEE « WCs press press EMERGENCY DOOR RELEASE Dr D. Hillman Please close the door behind you. For the safety and security of everyone who uses the Faculty building, this door is meant to be locked at all times. press Fire door keep shut Fire exit ! Caution Window activates automatically ! Fire action 1. Operate the nearest fire alarm. 2. Leave the building by the nearest safe exit. 3. Report to the Assembly Point adjacent to the History Faculty. In case of fire break glass FIRE BREAK GLASS PRESS HERE Refuge Point Refuge Alarm Call RESET call Please use the sanitary bins provided. Thank you.

fuckyoufaithtaylor:

thosepeskydames:

somekindofbecca:

spitfireinspace:

ellabugabooo:

lipglossblackleather:

Derailment Bingo by piranha @ Dreamwidth (http://piranha.dreamwidth.org/445505.html)



[IMAGE: A piece of card titled “Derailment Bingo” with a 5 x 5 square grid underneath the title. Each square contains a line of text, reading from top left to bottom right:
If You Won’t Educate Me How Can I Learn
If You Weren’t So Hostile People Would Listen To You
You’r Overly Sensitive
Don’t You Have More Important Issues To Think About
You’re Taking Things Too Personally
You’re Arguing With Opinions Not Fact
You’re Interrogating From The Wrong Perspective
You’re Experience Is Not Representative Of Everyone
Can You Prove Your Experience Is Widespread
I Don’t Think You’re As Marginalised As You Claim
I Know Another Person From Your Group Who Disagrees
You Are Damaging Your Cause By Being So Aggressive
[A 1950s style line drawing of a laughing face]
You’re As Bad As We Are
But You’re Not Like The Others In Your Group
If You Really Cared About This You’d Teach Me
But That Happens To Me Too
You’re Just Looking For Something To Be Offended By
You’re Seeing Problems Where None Exist
You’re Too Emotional
I Was On Your Side But Your Anger Changed That
I Don’t Find This Offensive
Stereotypes Exist ‘Cause There Is Truth In Them
You Probably Just Misunderstood
I Haven’t Had It Easy Either, You Know.]
Now you can play along at home! 

fuckyoufaithtaylor:

thosepeskydames:

somekindofbecca:

spitfireinspace:

ellabugabooo:

lipglossblackleather:

Derailment Bingo by piranha @ Dreamwidth (http://piranha.dreamwidth.org/445505.html)

[IMAGE: A piece of card titled “Derailment Bingo” with a 5 x 5 square grid underneath the title. Each square contains a line of text, reading from top left to bottom right:

  • If You Won’t Educate Me How Can I Learn
  • If You Weren’t So Hostile People Would Listen To You
  • You’r Overly Sensitive
  • Don’t You Have More Important Issues To Think About
  • You’re Taking Things Too Personally
  • You’re Arguing With Opinions Not Fact
  • You’re Interrogating From The Wrong Perspective
  • You’re Experience Is Not Representative Of Everyone
  • Can You Prove Your Experience Is Widespread
  • I Don’t Think You’re As Marginalised As You Claim
  • I Know Another Person From Your Group Who Disagrees
  • You Are Damaging Your Cause By Being So Aggressive
  • [A 1950s style line drawing of a laughing face]
  • You’re As Bad As We Are
  • But You’re Not Like The Others In Your Group
  • If You Really Cared About This You’d Teach Me
  • But That Happens To Me Too
  • You’re Just Looking For Something To Be Offended By
  • You’re Seeing Problems Where None Exist
  • You’re Too Emotional
  • I Was On Your Side But Your Anger Changed That
  • I Don’t Find This Offensive
  • Stereotypes Exist ‘Cause There Is Truth In Them
  • You Probably Just Misunderstood
  • I Haven’t Had It Easy Either, You Know.]

Now you can play along at home! 

the dawn of the romantic movement in France presents an instance of literary forgery parallel to those of Chatterton and Macpherson…In 1803 a man named Vanderbourg published a volume of poems by Clotilde de Surville. It was stated that the authoress was a Provençal lady of the fifteenth century…The language, the metre, and the orthography are not of the fifteenth century, and the ideas expressed are markedly later. Thus there are allusions to Sappho, Lucretius and Catallus, none of whom were discovered until the end of that century, and others which imply a knowledge of the writings of Voltaire and of an astronomical fact first ascertained in 1789

#riotporn

after rambo


to the peasants of the emperor!

to the peasants’ emperor!

the child of march,

the glorious 26 of march

polly toynbee’s ceiling painted with innards!

Commonplaces: BODIES (Coetzee)

piercepenniless:

‘… If I look back over my own fiction, I see a simple (simple-minded?) standard erected. That standard is the body. Whatever else, the body is not “that which is not,” and the proof that it is is the pain that it feels. The body with its pain becomes a counter to the endless trials of doubt….

This is a piece I wrote for the Guardian today about the two and a half year suspension of Owen Holland from the University of Cambridge. It’s a complete outrage.

After you’ve read it please SIGN and SHARE our general petition http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/support-suspended-cambridge-university-student/ and if you have access to Raven sign our Cambridge petition http://www.cusu.cam.ac.uk/campaigns/thisisnotjustice/petition/

Last November I, along with students and staff at Cambridge University, took part in a protest against David Willetts, the minister for universities and science. He had been invited to speak as part of a series on The Idea of the University, delivered by senior members of management, celebrity dons and a government minister. No students, low-paid staff or members of the Cambridge community were invited to voice their ideas. All the speakers had degrees, most had more than one, and most, if not, all were from Oxbridge. As if this blindness to privilege wasn’t enough, the government minister speaking also happened to be responsible for the wholesale demolition of public higher education in the UK, his policies set to damage the lives of millions over the coming years.

During this protest we, students and staff, collectively recited a text since labelled variously as a speech, an epistle or a poem. In purposefully flowery prose we told Willetts “You are not a welcome guest because you come with a knife concealed beneath your cloak." In reference to the 30 November strike we maintained that "we are not consumers; we are students – and we will stand with our teachers on their picket lines". Eventually Willetts chose to leave the building without delivering his speech. Our protest had been entirely peaceful, and was only the latest in a long history of such interventions at Cambridge.

Then the university advocate decided to pursue a disciplinary case against one student. Singled out among a group of more than 60 for no recognisable reason, he has been tried by the court of discipline, a court only nominally independent from the university itself. This student has now been “rusticated” – or suspended from his studies – for the next seven terms. That amounts to two and a half years, nearly as long as his whole degree was expected to take. Two and a half years for a peaceful protest that has not broken any laws, has harmed nobody and has only served to highlight the dangers that British universities today face from government cuts.

To illustrate the absurdity of this decision, it is worth remembering that the university advocate herself had only asked for a single term’s suspension as a maximum penalty. It is impossible to know what was behind the court’s decision, but no doubt it intended to make an example of this student, so next time people were that bit more afraid to step out of line. The university is trying to defend freedom of speech by silencing dissent.

It is trying to protect freedom of inquiry by destroying a young man’s academic career. This is not only intellectually a hypocritical position to take, but will do permanent and material damage to the future of freedom of conscience at Cambridge. Fortunately, when you’re invited to a kangaroo court you go prepared to box. Others along with myself have signed a “Spartacus” letter demanding that we too be charged with the same offence. Already an online petition has garnered over 2,000 signatures, another one circulated among students and staff has received over 1,000 signatures. Alumni are sending letters of complaint and refusing to donate to the university until it rescinds this decision. A protest planned today will be attended by hundreds of students.

Yet amid all this controversy it would be easy to forget the simple fact that no punishment would be appropriate for a student exercising their right to peaceful protest. This is not and should never be a crime – however petty – nor should we ever allow it to be treated as such.

system overload: e s c a l a t e : everything has changed

fuckyoufaithtaylor:

Trigger warning: account of rape culture, rape testimonies, and police brutality.

The last week in Cambridge has seen a constant crescendo of voices against misogyny, rape, rape apologism and the institutional silencing of women. Anger has been reconfigured. People have been radicalised….

livemylief:

Somewhere in the bottom of the rain

reading love poems in the winter rain on the pier of my home town. i wrote these poems in the fall and they will be printed in my book in 2012

[.txt file of the poems]