Wednesday, 24 October 2012


Perhaps it is possible we set something loose when we opened the door to mushrooms, to totems, to wolves and coincidences blossoming like fresh blood in the dark.


Perhaps the chemical was a key. Not like a lock, not like a solid metal shaft in the palm of your hand. I am talking about encryption and encoding.

Listen: we found the blueprint for the allocation of symbols and the undoing of syntax.

We tipped our lids and we summoned Ob.


Everything inhaling and exhaling and the tall grass licking round our calves like snake tongues. Everything flipping colours through the spectrum like a loaded deck between the palms of a Tarot reader.

I howl my dalmatian lungs and feel the tremor of my ancestors’ paws padding across a mountain range crafted of silhouettes and distant houses.

“It wasn’t a hallucination,” says J. “It was that the moon and the trees were wolves.”

Thursday, 18 October 2012


Paper folds over and we make tiny concertinas, tiny accordions, tiny lives that overlap and underlap. In the small caffeine curve of the morning, images flicker in my brain like a zoetrope. I want the words to describe:

DMT, ayahuasca ceremonies in the depth of the lush, leafy, Mayan ruins. A shaman waves his stick. Everything turns to liquid plastic and silk.

Burlesque atop a circus pony, a whip cracking, a stocking peeling back, silk scarves, champagne corks, crimson lipstick, and the midget ringleader in the top hat walks in circles, cackling at the big top.

The gods pick up the globe like a bowling ball and send it down the centre of lane. A crow is laughing from its belly. The birds flock round the skies on the surface; the birds form a patchwork blanket with the weft and warp of their wings.

Strange scenes. The after-effects and flickers of a pipette full of wonder. Let’s drink another coffee, sit quiet, and think about the stories. Think about the words we’ll use to tell.

Wednesday, 17 October 2012


We feed each other soup, and be kind, because our poor frazzled brains have trekked further than you could ever imagine in these elastic, liquid hours between the small of night and the dawn.

The small of night like the small of your back: a curved hollow it is nice to rest hands in.

The walls are still full of faces; the knots in the wood haven’t yet closed their mouths. But it is quieter than last night when downstairs flickered with torchlight and prison guards, when the room was full of dark holes and malevolent shadows, when the pheasants rattled their wings and blood oozed through their breasts: pfffthhrpp.

In the chasm between the chemicals and the brandy we clutched for strings, but it was tricky. Our hands were strange entities and we lost the language of their spheres. Perhaps deep frying would help, perhaps everything could be crisped and crisped again, and what better way to treat this shaft of madness than leaning over a pot of boiling, burbling oil?

J took to the kitchen and I fell in love again, and again. Dominoes collapsing. He stood in a sphere of yellow light while I tried to hook my brain onto some spur, some thorn, any kind of barb to stop this wriggle and shift. My spills of tobacco stretched and slid and turned geometric in the liquid surface of the table, and it was more beautiful than you could ever imagine. Droplets of water turned the ink to twenty dimensions. All this, slidey things.

We feed each other soup and hold small, soft hands. Our brains are still throbbing. The walls are still gaping. We twitch at turn at the spickles and spackles. We bring the deckchairs out into the light.

Tequila and orange juice for breakfast, and this warm shaft of sunbeam. It’s enough.

A lesson: we will remember to cook for one another, offer small, hot bowls of soup when such things are necessary. We will wait life out until the sunlight and we will learn to be kind.