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)
THE APOCALYPSE WE'VE BEEN ASKING FOR
FRENCH SOUP (CONSUMME)SERVED UP
Consider the ingredients=emotionally dour,reserved,disdainful,distant
cynical if not sarcastic,deeply ironic,containing Far Right constituents
Wine of libertinism mixed with spices of Nostalgia-
would life not be better under De Gaulle/Le Pen/Pinochet/Islamic Brotherhood?-
to offer a mock-spiritual base served with nominal equality,egality,fraternity to taste.
This diet serves French Colonies as well as the mainland-
think Algeria,Noumea,Tahiti,as well as those last African outposts
still saluting the tricolor and paying for Foreign Legionnaires.
This diet has a history .This meal remembers Dreyfus,Verdun,Versailles,Revolutions
guillotines,Reigns of Terror,Vichy Governments,collaborators and trench warfare.
D Day alluded to .Marches through Paris by various invaders/liberators/occupiers.
Each writer must deal with current unresolvable paradoxes-
economic stagnation and race riots.Right wing vigilantism and peaceful protests.
Voltaire is here,Robespierre,Danton and De Sade.
Memories stretch back to sieges and rat eating.Forward to targeted assassinations.
A computer cannot program this Babette's Feast.Even Godard grows silent.
Personal is political.If you are France-what media meal will you eat tomorrow?
Now that they have killed the cartoonists-will novelists follow?