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Thursday, 21 February 2013


Rob Ayling writes: 

"Thom the World poet is an old mate of mine from way back in my history. Even pre-dating Voiceprint, when I was running "Otter Songs" and Tom's poetry tapes and guest appearances with Daevid Allen, Gilli Smyth, Mother Gong are well known and highly regarded. It just felt right to include a daily poem from Thom on our Gonzo blog and when I approached him to do so, he replied with in seconds!!! Thom is a great talent and just wants to spread poetry, light and positive energy across the globe. If we at Gonzo can help him do that - why not? why not indeed!!" (The wondrous poetpic is by Jack McCabe, who I hope forgives me for scribbling all over it with Photoshop)

Montaigne to Modernism - i love essays!Oliver Goldsmith's Travel Tales
were my Marco Polo.Voltaire set my Master Huron /Candide compass.
I come from a land of vernacular-where short stories were orally transmitted
via voice,history,jokes,puns,lies,legends,myths and gross gossiping Irish exaggerations!
I sat at the feet of Celtic storytellers(Robin Williamson)and Spalding Gray
as they spun yarns and weaved among true as well as  hyperbolic projected personae.
This is why i am inoculated from any semblance of "REALITY"T.V(oxymorons!
and why i turn off PBS' Lake Wobegon and avoid David Sedaris.
His personal commentaries have spawned PULPHEADS like Sloane Crosley
(I Was Told There' d Be Cake),John Jeremiah Sullivan and Davy Rothbart(My Heart Is An Idiot)
These are not interesting people.Their BIG LIES are small fog romances/quicksand details.
They morph stand-up comedy /shaggy dog stories/immature fantasies into mock-essays.
Their idolatry of self and endless solipsisms cast no light upon the exterior world
Much prefer Sheila Heti's "HOW SHOULD A PERSON BE?"-it is time to question
projected identities and mock realism.Truth -or dare?I'll read both -in magazine format,not blog!

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