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WI THWORKFROM:TOBYSTI NSON/FI NNASHLEY/FRANCESCARI GG /SOPHI EBECKI NGHAM ABBI ESCHNEEBECKE/ARCHI EHAMERTON/ALEXHAYDNWI LLI AMS/HENRYMOUNTFORD BENPHI LI PPS/AMBERMARI NO /SCARLETTREI NERS/JOETURRELL/ZOËMATTWI LLI AMS MARI ONWI LLI NGHAM /JACKCRAWFORD/SAULBARRETT/SI DWHI TEJONES/BENFRANCI S FLOSSMORRI S/ANON/I ZMAXWELL/KYOKAHADANO /SOPHI EKEAN/KAROLI NAFI LOVA EMI LYMORLEY/JOEWI LLS/JESSI CARAJABROWN/LUKESUMMERS/BJÖRNLAMBRENOS BENVI NCE/ELLAGOLD/YUMI NG HE/PAULNORRI S/JERI SSASHOTTON/ROSHANRUPRAI MARI ACALI NESCU/KATTHOMAS/MANONLEVER/PLAYTI ME/MARI AWOODFORD/OTHERS MADEBY:HANNAHRI CE/CAMERONWALTERS/FRANCESCAWEEKES/JACKCRAWFORD JONNYCRESSWELL/MI RI AM EMEFADZAH/ALEXHAYDNWI LLI AMS/CAI TLI NHORNE I SSUE9/I NAI DOFBLACKLI VESMATTERUK/12JUNE2020.

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Al et t erf r om Thi ngsar eal i t t l edi f f er entt hi st i me.Thi si st hef i r s tonl i ne i s s ueofBAI T,wi t hourf i r s tonl i nel aunc hpar t yt oc el ebr at ei t . I thasc omet oget hert hr oughc of f eef uel l edZoom meet i ngs , endl es semai l sandnumer ousbac kandf or t hmes s ages .But i t ’ sbeenourpr i v i l eget omar v el at ,andbei ns pi r edby ,al l oft he wonder f ul s ubmi s s i onswe’ v ehadf orI s s ue9.Wehopeasy ou mov et hr ought hewor l doft hi si s s ue-t hr oughc onv er s at i ons wi t ht he s un,Chel s ea buns s har ed wi t h a gr andmot her , doodl esofpoodl es-t haty ouwi l lf i ndanoppor t uni t yt of eela par tofourc ommuni t y .We’ r er eal l yhappyt ohav ey ou. Ov ert hel as tt hr eey ear s ,BAI Tk eepsgr owi ngandwear e al way ss ogr at ef ul t oev er y onewhohast ak enpar t ,s ubmi t t ed, andmadet hi spos s i bl e.Thi si s s uehasbr oughtusmor ev i s ual ar ts ubmi s s i onst hanwe’ v eev erhadbef or eandt hev ar i et yof wor k we ar er ec ei v i ng i s br oadert han ev er .The i s s ue i s unt hemed, and i tj our ney s t hr ough di f f er ent v oi c es , ex c hanges ,andmoment s .Wewant edt opr ov i deabl ankpage t obef i l l edwi t ht het hought s ,f eel i ngs ,f r us t r at i ons ,s mi l es ,and s adnes s est hathav edomi nat edt hes epas tmont hs .Asmany ofusar eathome,t her e’ sat hr eadr unni ngt hr ought hi sz i neof domes t i cmoment s .I fwewer et ol abeli t ,per hapst hi swoul d bet hei s s ueondomes t i c i t y— buti t ’ sal s oanot herr ef l ec t i on onmemor y ,andonhowwer el at et ot heout s i dewor l d,andon f ami l yandf r i ends hi p. Att hebegi nni ngoft hepr oc es sofput t i ngI s s ueNi net oget her , wewant edt or ai s emoneyf orAddenbr ook e’ sChar i t abl eTr us t

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FRANCESCARI GG


SOPHI EBECKI NGHAM


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Shef el tt hepeac hpr es sagai ns therl egt hr ought hec anv asbagather s i de.Thebagwasf r eewi t hhers ubs c r i pt i ont oTheNew Yor k er .Her peac h,s he’ dnot i c edass he’ dpi c k edupt hepunneti nt hes uper mar k et t hepr ev i ousmor ni ng,wasf r om Moz ambi que. ‘ Di dy ouk nowt hatpeac hesgr owi nMoz ambi que?’ s he’ das k edT obyon t hephoney es t er day ,whowaseat i ngabowlofc er ealast heys pok eat t hr eei nt heaf t er noon.T obybegant ohum BobDy l an.Shef el ther s el f s mi l e.Noones pok ef oramoment ,i tf el tel ongat ed. ‘ Oh,bef or ey ougo–c oul dy oudomeaf av our ?’ ‘ Ofc our s e,y eah’ ,s her epl i ed. ‘ It hi nkI ’ m goi ngt os t ayher eal i t t l el onger .Imean,I ’ m nots ur eI ’ l lbe c omi ngbac kt ot hef l att omor r ow. ’ ‘ Oh’ ,s hes i ghed,t ur ni ngapeac har oundi nherhand.Ther ewasa paus e.Shet houghtofT obywi pi ngt hemi l kawayf r om hi sl i ps ,pal eon r us tont ongue. ‘ Coul dy oupos tal et t erf orme?I t ’ sf orHannah.Il ef ti tonmybedbef or e Il ef t .J us ti fy out hi nky ou’ dhav et i me?Ipr obabl ys houl dn’ thav ewr i t t en i tt obehones t .I t ’ spr obabl yt oomuc hany way ,i t ’ sj us ti f–’ ‘ Sur e.I ’ l lt ak ei twi t hmeonmywayt oc l as st omor r ow.Ther e’ sapos t of f i c ej us tnex t door ,I ’ l l pos ti tt hen. ’ ‘ You’ r et hebes t ,r i ghtgot t ago–s peakt oy ous oon,l ov ey ou. ’ ‘ Yep,l ov ey ou… by e. ’

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Eat i ngt hef i r s tofherpeac hes ,s hel ett hej ui c edr i pdownherc hi nbec aus es hewasal one.I fT obyors omeoneel s ewashome,s hewoul dc ut herpeac hesi nt os egment s ,f i r s tc ut t i ngar oundt hef r ui twi t honedeep i nc i s i onandt wi s t i ngt het wohal v eswi t hoppos i t ef or c eunt i lt heyc oul d bepeel edawayf r om eac hot her :av i ol enc et hatf el tf emi ni ne. Sheat ei tmes s i l yandwi t hl anguorbef or ewas hi ngherhandsc l ean.She t houghtofHannah,whos hehadn’ ts eeni nawhi l e,s i nc ebef or es he’ d goneaway .Hannahl i k eds of tt hi ngsandwi r yl i nedr awi ngsofpeopl e andt hei robj ec t s .Sher emember edHannah’ sl ongf i nger sandhert hi c k wool c oat .Hannahdi dn’ tl i k emus hr ooms ,orpeac hes . Shek noc k edonT oby ’ sdoorbef or es heent er ed,t houghs hek new he wasnothome.Shewai t edaf ew s ec ondsbef or epus hi ngherwei ght agai ns tt hedoorandgoi ngi ns i de.Ther oom wasbar e,as i def r om a l ar ger ugands omec ol our edbi r t hdayc ar dsonadus t ymant l epi ec e.I t s mel tofdampl aundr y .Ther ewasamug–hermug–ont hedes k ,f es t er i ngwi t ht hr eeday ol dool ongbes i det hel et t eront hebed,whi c hs he puti nherbag.Thens hes l eptandputherhai rupasus ual .Shewas pr et t y . Ass hewal k edt hr ought hepar ki nt ot ownt hatnex tmor ni ng,f eel i ngt he peac hagai ns theruppert hi gh,s hebec ameawar eoft hel et t erandt he s un al latonc e.Li ghtwass t r eak ed ac r os sherf ac e and hai r .She gl anc edatherphone.Ther ewer enomes s agesandi twas9. 15am. Magpi espl uc k edt hegr as sbyt het enni sc our t s .Shes i ppedherc of f ee andt i l t edherheadupwar dst oc at c ht hec ol dmor ni ngl i ght .

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Herc heek swer ewar m now,notunl i k et hec ol our eds k i noft hepeac h, ands hewasr el i ev edt hats hewasonl ymi nut esf r om t hepos tof f i c e. St r angel y ,s he’ df el tl i k eas ur r ogat emot her ,c ar r y i ngac hi l dt hatwasnot herown.Ac hi l dt hatwasbor nwi t hl ov ef oradi f f er entmot hert hatwas nother .Ac hi l dt hatwasnother st obegi nwi t h.Notatal l . Seei ngt hatl et t er ,f eel i ngi tbes i deher ,i thadbec omeaf r eak i s hs or tof l i mb.Shehadr es i s t edt heur get oamput at e,t opr i s ei topen.I thadt ak en hers i x t hmont hst odel et eherex boy f r i end’ semai lac c ountf r om her l apt opaf t ert hey ’ dbr ok enup.Readi ngc ur s or ymes s ageshe’ dwr i t t ent o c us t omers er v i c eaddr es s es ,t ohi smot herandhi sdoc t or ,s hef el tasi f s hewer ei nhi shead,t houghs hec oul dnothearhi sv oi c e.Hads he openedt hatl et t er ,s hewoul dhav ehear dT oby ’ sv oi c e,s hek newal lt oo wel l .Ands hewas n’ ts ur es hewant edt hat . T obyl i k edf r i edeggsandr awk al es al ad.Hel i k edbl uec hees eandweed andf oot bal l .Hes pok ewi t hi nt ens i t yandhek new how t omak epeopl e f eell ov edwi t hhi sey es .Het ol dhert hathel ov edheral ot ,ands hebel i ev edhi mt r ul yandi nawayt hatmadeherf eel s i c ki fs hehel dont ot he wor dst ool ong,ev ent houghs hek newwhathemeantbyt hem.They ’ d f uc k edonc e,dr unk enl y ,ont hes of aaf t eral ar gedi nnerpar t y .Thes ound ofc r eak i ngf l oor boar dsormov ementi nt hehous eofanyk i ndwoul d c aus ehi mt of r eez ei ns i deher ,andhe’ dk i s sherasanac tofur gents i l enc i ng.Buti twas n’ tmuc ht al k edaboutaf t er war dsandnooner eal l y k new.

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‘ I ’ dl i k et os endt hi sf i r s tc l as spl eas e’ ,s hes ai dt ot hec as hi er ,‘ oh,anda pac kofs pear mi ntgum. ’ Sher eac hedi nt ot hebag,herar m br us hi ngt hepeac hass hepul l edout t hel et t erandac ol l ec t i onofc oi ns .T ent at i v el y ,s hehandedi tov er .‘ T ak e t hi sf r om me,pl eas e’ ,s he’ dwant edt opl ead. ‘ MayIas kwhat ’ si ns i de?’ s ai dt hec as hi er ,amonot one. Shel ook edupatherwi t hwi deey es : Myf ai nt i ngbones .Myf al s epr et enc es .Myf ac e,publ i c .Per f ume.My pr et t i nes st hatIk now t obet r ue.Thel at ents weatofas l ow f uc k .The f ear f uls weatofs ay i ngt hewr ongt hi ng.Sweet nes s ,af f ec t i on,des i r e. Thes queez eofas houl der .A s i c k nes st hatac hesbuti sul t i mat el ya pl eas ur e.Compl i ment s ,wi l f ul l ymi s under s t ood.Car et hatf i l l supand ov er whel ms ,t hatc hok esandbr ui s es .Bl ue,t hec ol ouroft hec ol d.The c ol dnes sofamemor y ,gr owi ngbl unt .Ofwor dsuns ai d.Ofol dbat hwat er . Ananc hort hatbur densandf l oat saway .Want i ngot hert hi ngsandget t i ngt hem.Real i t i est hathav ec r os s edmymi nd,noty our s ,butt hathav e c r os s edandc r os s edandc r os s edagai n,bac kandf or t h,i ns c r i bednow. Ther edr awf l es hbeneat hmys k i n,pul s i ngwi t hbl oodt hats peak soft he hear t . Apeac h,s weetandv ul ner abl easabr eas torabut t oc korawomb oras k ul l . ‘ I t ’ sj us tal et t er .Ihav en’ tr eadi t . ’ ●

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ARCHI EHAMERTON


Wut her i ng ALEXHAYDNWI LLI AMS

Thenewcomeri sher e, hat t edwi t h‘ physi ognomy’ and‘ act uat e’ , aski ngt odi neatf i ve. Thepenet r al i um!het hi nks: butt hehear toft hehousehol dl i es hor i zont al .Besi des, Ther i ghtadj ect i ve i sn’ tl at i nat e.I t ’ spar t i cul ar , l ocal ,unknownt o Acomedyl over , smi l i ngeyesatBeat r i ce’ sl ook. Her e,t hi si sLear . Igr i n.I ndomi t abl e. Youar ef l ur r i ed,MrLockwood; Takeal i t t l ewi ne.

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Unt i t l ed

HENRYMOUNTFORD

Copperc al mc l earc ol d wat err uns ( wr es t l er us h)underev eni ng s hi nes or es un s i nk i ng. Li t t l e Knopper Gal l near l y nudged on near l y not hi ngbr eez eandmar bl eGal l onf el l t wi gt uggedbac ki neddy . St i c k l ebac ki nt r i c k l e( bac k )puc k er i ngpr eppedt opec k( puc k er pec k ) att heGal l ’ sbobbi ngs hadec as t i ngs i l houet t e.Loac h,Mi nnow,Dac e, Gudgeon.Hobby guddl er ,bank l ai n,goneagai n.Li t t l el ec t r i cbl uef i l m on s or t of s t i l lr ut sand r i ppl esofa s of t l ys wi l l i ng,s of t s i f t i ng pool , pus hpul l i ng,pander pat t er i ng atgr as sbank sofPendul ousSedge, el s er eedorr us h( Cl ub,Sof t ,Spi k e) ,pl as hedbyDeer hoofhoof t r ead ( hal f t r i pped) of Deer boundi ng, bounc i ng ov er c r umbl i ng ( c har mc r ac k ed,r ui nc r ac k ed)l oos er oc k ,gr ey r oc k ,mos s r oc kwal l . Combi ngov err oc k r i dge,wat er v ei l ,c l ac k i ng,c l i c k i ng,c ac k l es ,and s moot hi ng,f r ot hi ng,pur l s :c l os est heey es . Meadowgr eengi l dedgr eenerbygi l di ngt ouc hofs unbur s tbur s t i ng bur nt br eat hy el l ow pl eas antpeac epr i nt( pour i ng)onear t hl i k ewi ne! Cr es t edDog’ sT ai l ,Fi el dWoodr us h,Quak i ngGr as s ,SweetVer nal Gr as s ,dandl i ngi ndaz edgr een,gol dgl i ntgl as s gl az edgol dgus hed br eez e.No,no-nev ers t el l ednors t ay edt hepeac e,pac e,pur geand per f ec t pos eofi t .Nev erk newnornamedt hequai nt ,queerqui ddi t yof t hepl eas ur eoff oot i ngs l ow ac r os sas i l entpl ai n.Yor k s hi r eFog,Tr ue Fox Sedge,Sof tBr ome -i nt he f ai nt f l i t t i ng f r onds and f i nger s of s wi ngi ng,s way i ng gr as s es :Shi el d Bug ( Spi k ed,Br onz e,Gr een, Hawt hor n) ,Copper yCl i c kBeet l e,Nobl eChaf er ,Whi r l i gi gBeet l e.

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Soot hi ngbl uel ands k ei nsatdi m,dar k l i ngdoomf i r e,gr owi ngs ubt l erwi t h t hegr owi ngs ubt l et yoft hedeardar kdi apas onoft oughandt er r i bl e Ti me.On,ands wat t edof f ,br oadbac kofbr i ndedc ow:Not c hHor ned Cl eg Fl y ,Twi nLobed DeerFl y ,Dar k Edged Bee Fl y ,Downl ook er Sni peFl y . Dear ,dar e,ordon’ t ,ordo,ordar et odar edear l y ,dar edanger ous l y ,and undoi ngdar ef ear ,dar ef r i ght ,dar l i ng,do!Seet hatbl ac kv ei ls pas m t hr ought hewol f l i ght ! Ov er heat hpac k pat c hes ,peewi t s( t wo,t wi ndl e) ,f l ai l f l y i ng,t wi s t . Heat her bel l sbobbi ng.Mar s hymud( gac k )ongaddi nggadabout ’ sboot s -s t anc hed,c r us t ed.Swi s hofhi s sofr us t l eofgus s oc k gal e,gal l us gal e, gus hgal egl i del i k ebl adeonr az or s t r opac r os st hec apac i ousear t h. Thel ongi ngl us h,r ar e,wi l dl us t r eoft heempt y ,l eaden,heav ymoorr i ngs r aw and r agi ng.Peat f i r ef i r epar c hed pat h,s mok i ng or t s ,ember s ( gl oz i ng, gl i t t er i ng) and wi ndwas hed s i l enc e gas pi ng, and t he s mot her s unk( s ank )bonnybud( bur i ed)i nbonnyas hormat t oc k wak e ( gas h: gas h f l ank s ) or wak e of s l as h ( l as hl i ght ) of s ur l y s t r i at eds unbeam!Bur ni ng s uns nak es t anc hi ons ,s i ngei ng s t r i at i ons , l i ght r ay s ,heat hs c or edands c r at c hedwi t hi t ,l i ght i ngt hes t eepand t hor nywayt oheav en!Quar r y c l i f f( ov er l ook ) :c l i f f c l ef tper c hpoc k etf or Dunnoc k c hi c k s( t hr ee)qui et l yquai l i ng;qui c k beam s pec k s( s pec k l es ) on t awny t uf t f l uf f . Fer nf l i t c hes : Har t ’ s T ongue Fer n, Mai denhai r Spl eenwor t ,Fi rCl ubmos s .St i r r edands t r uc kt oqui c koft hequi c koft he c or e( quak ec or e and qui v er )f ort he wak ef ult r ump ofdoom i nt he dawndew andt hedeepbl as t ment s !AKi t e( r apti nobs er v at i on)s ur f s , s hi f t s ,s hi f t i ng,t weak sand,t weak i ng,t wi t c hes ,f l i nc hes ,r i desev er ydi p, s wi r l ,ni p,nudgeandt uc k ,t ugandt apofwi nd.Thec r agc oi gnj ut sand pus hesi t speakt ot hepeakofi t sr eac h.

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ASt onec hat ,Gor s eper c hed,c l i c k c l i c k sandt r i l l s ,f l eet i ngf l i esand l ands on t he Mar s h Hai r Mos s hat t i ng a k nobbl y hummoc k . Heav enhus handhar dl ys c r ape( s c r at c h)t hebow f oral ow not et o mak e( ev ok e)t hebr oodi ng,s l oebl ac k( bowbac k )bas hf ulbeaut yof i t !Heat her r us t l e( hear )Har e hur t l es har d and heedl es s ,z i ppi ng ( z i gz ag)t hr oughr utandr unnelov erbr anc handbr ac t .Nook nes t l ed nes tofMer l i n. Sweets i gnal ss hudder i ngt hr ought hewor l d.Si gnat ur esofal l f l ower s her et or ead:Dog’ s Mer c ur y ,Deadl y Ni ght s hade and Dev i l ’ s Bi t Sc abi ous ;Fai r y Fl ax and Fennel ;Ger manderSpeedwel l ,Gi ant Hogweed, Gr as s of Par nas s us , Pi gnut , Pepper Sax i f r age. But t onbuds and bel l s , bl oombeds and br i ght . Read on: RaggedRobi n, Ragwor t , Rams ons , Shephear d’ s Pur s e, Snak e’ s Head Fr i t i l l ar y , Snowdr op and Sor r el , Tway bl ade, Bi r d’ s Foot Tr ef oi l ,Bi t i ng St onec r op and Li l y .Del i c at e and dol ef ul , whor l ed, whi r l i ng, whar f bank wed, s weet s mel l i ng and s of t or s pi k es t emmedandgnar l ed,t r ous er t uggi ng,t r udget r ammel l i ngor s c r awnys pr eadorpac k edandpl ent y ,pai nt i ngf i el dsf ul l f ur y c ol ouror c l os ec l i ppedorc l oy i ngorc l ay bedbur s t ,orbedec k i ng,bedr api ng, v er ge,v er dur e,v er dantv al l ey and body ,br eas t ,or beds pel t , gr av es pel t ,ors pel l i ng‘ l ov e’ors omes uc ht hi ng,orat c hot c hk eor s omes ourmedi c i neors i ngi ngs i gnofal lt hi ngsur gent ,undul at i ng, er r ant ,ar r ant ,f r ee and f ai rand f ear l es s and unf ei gned ( di r ges , t ok ens ) ,t ai nt l es sand t ouc hl es s( t ar nt r i mmi ng)and uns i mpl e and uns av eabl eandunbi ddabl e.

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Cows l i p,Fi el dBi ndweed,Gr eatBut t er f l yOr c hi d,T or ment i l ,T eas el , T oadf l ax ,Hai r yVi ol et ,Si l v er weed,Roc k Ros e,HedgeWoundwor t , Her bRober t ,Pur pl eLoos es t r i f e.Thedul l edey eanddi m br ai n’ sbody buc k l ebowsand,br eak i ng,br ook supt hebowi ngs k yt or egar dt he f at alf ai nt l yr umbl edpet al soff ai nt l yf umbl edf l ower s :t hes hudder i ng, r at t l i ngc or ol l aofr at t l i ngChi c k weedr oc k edf ai nt l ybyaf ai ntz ephy r . Andt hi t herc omest hewas handgut t er s l i me.Wher e?Wel l ,wher et he gar t hi nt hegul l eyoft hegor geat opt heghy l l gui dest hef l ow.I s l anded i nt heey eofpar t edpar t sofagl as s ybr ookbur ni ngt hr ought hedel l at t he di p oft he bot t om ofa v al l ey bowl ;a par c hed pat c h ofear t h s ur f ac edwi t hdandel i ons c ur f ,s c r ubandal eani ng,l ur c hi nghawt hor n ( qui c k t hor n) ,t aughtand t wi s t ed,l i mbsl oc k ed i nat oughwr ought l oc k l i mbedpos e:l i mbsl i k ehopel es sol dbl ac khandsandhopel es s ol dhar dbl ac kt r es s es .Pol y podyandWal l Rueongor ges ’gr ov es ’ gul l ey r oc k s .Gul l ey gl ade,gr owi ng gl ad,gl owi ng gol d,ghoul i s h, s edat e,s ur r eal .Sun s i f t i ng t hr ough l eav esand br anc hesofbi r c h abov e.●

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JACKCRAWFORD


JACKCRAWFORD


aupai r

AMBERMARI NO CN:Di sor der edEat i ng somet i mesIt hi nkofyouatmyage,ofhow t hecr ushoft enement sescapedyou.f l ashi ng yourf i r stpasspor t .you,awi deeyeddeer t hr ought het er mi nal .ofhowyouf el t t hel anddi ssol vebeneat hyou,i t sedges f r ayedbybeaches,sof ardown,f ur t her t hant hedust yt i l edpat i oseemed al lt hoseyear sago.ofhowyouwer escar ed byt heci t yf r om t hepl ane, sof r agi l e,j ustaskel et onofl i ght s, abuoyi nabl ackocean.ofhowyout ook ar oom i nt hehomeofweal t hyst r anger s, l ookedaf t erRossbef or eyouknewme whi l ehi smot hersmokedher sel ft hi n ast hel et t uceshechewedf orbr eakf ast , 24


l i mpandpal e,l eani ngasf arast het i de t henchangi nghermi nd.t heboy ,t hi r t ynow, r emember syouast heki ndonewhi l eI l i esaf ei nt hecr adl eofunihal l s andayoung,pol i shwomancl eanst heshower , noi sel ess.Iwonderi fherbr ai ncant akeapar tt hesky asqui ckl yasyour sdi d,wai t i ngont hel ongnecked, per f umedcr eat ur esatt het enni scl ub. ayoungerwomanst i l l ,pour swi neovermyshoul der asIsi tdemur eandappl echeekedi namongst cl earski nandconf i dentvoi ces.Il ook t ot hecei l i ngwher echer ubscur ll i kecl ouds. yout ol dmeofhowyouat epeanutbut t er i nyourbedr oom,happi ert hanyou’ deverbeen t henmetamanyoudi dn’ tl oveandmar r i edhi m becauseyouwer el onel y ,l onel i ert hanIam now, wai l i ng,pi nkandpl umpasanewbor n.● 25


YUMI NG HE


Af t erSai nt SaĂŤns KYOKAHADANO

Att hecl ear i ngofyourt hr oat Myhear tunf ur l s,l i kel i l accoaxedoutatdawn. Butmyl ove,i fonl yt hatf ami l i arpost ur e, Yourt humbont i ppedchi n,bemor et hanacci dent al Butascr i ptmi sr emember ed,aj arofwi ne Seal i ngamberandbal sam,ar mf ul sofl i l i es Lyi ngt r ampl edacr osst heshor ei nanobsequyf or got . Oh,ast hebl ossomspuckeropenandhands Pr esssal ti nt opi nkdustupont hest ones, Reci t eagai nyourvowsofbef or e. Thosef umbl i ngvows,t hoseIonceador ed!

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Char act er i st i c KAROLI NAFI LOVA

CN:Sui ci dalI deat i on

Ther e ar e sur pr i si ngl y many t heor i es about why manhol e cover s ar er ound.The cl assi c expl anat i on, whi ch some f i nd j ustas mi ndbendi ng as ot her s do t r i vi al ,i st hatnomat t erwhi chwayyout ur ni t ,ar ound coverwi l lneverf i tt hr ought hehol eunder neat hi t ,whi l e asquar eorr ect angl ecoul deasi l ysl i pdownt hr oughi t s di agonal .If i ndt hatqui t eawel l r oundedexpl anat i onand ahandyf act ,butmyper sonalf avour i t ei st hatmanhol e cover sar er oundf orpur posesofmani pul at i on—andI canconf i r mf r om exper i encet hat100ki l ogr ammesof casti r onar emucheasi ert ohandl ei fyoucanr ol lt hem ar oundl i keacoi n.Andt hat ’ ssomet hi ngI ’ vef oundeven mor eusef ult hant hef i r stexpl anat i on. Not e:Rol l i ng a manhol e covermay be easi ert han car r yi ngi t ,butt hat ’ snott oi mpl yi t ’ si nanywayeasy .I st i l lvi si tt hegym downt hest r eett hr eet of ourt i mesa week,goj oggi ngmostmor ni ngs,consumemyf ai rshar e ofpr ot ei n powderand t una,and gener al l y di r ecta f at her l y amountofat t ent i on and di sci pl i ne t owar ds cul t i vat i ngmymuscl es-al l sot hatIcanr ol l t hemanhol e cover sar oundasbr i skl yanddel i cat el yaspossi bl e.I t goes wi t houtsayi ng t hatIhaven’ tyetr eveal ed my mot i vat i ont oanybody ,buti tneveroccur r edt ot hem t o askmeabouti ti nt hef i r stpl ace.Ei t hert hat ,orIput acr oss so convi nci ng an i mage ofl i mi t l ess vani t y t hatnoot herexpl anat i oni sr equi r ed. 28


Si denot e:Mar i a,i fyou’ r er eadi ng t hi s,whi ch you pr obabl yar e,pl easeacceptmyapol ogi esf orwhatI ’ m aboutt oshar eaboutourr el at i onshi p.Thati s,f i r st l y ,t hat t he af f ect i on you di r ect ed atme wasatl easti ni t i al l y r egr et t abl ymi spl aced.Yout oo,andut t er l ybl amel essl y , mi st ookmyappear ancet osi gni f ysomet hi ngcompl et el y di f f er ent t han i t act ual l y means. You saw i n i t account abi l i t y ,heal t h,adr i vet osel f i mpr ovement ;al lof t hatf l at t er sme,i tr eal l ydoes,butal somi ssest hepoi nt eversopr eci sel y-myphysi cal f or m wasnevert omean endi ni t sel f . Ofcour se,event houghr oundmanhol ecover sar eal so easi ert o manuf act ur e,i nst al l ,and by f art he most mat er i al ef f i ci ent agai nst t he compr essi on of sur r oundi ngear t h,notal l oft hem ar er ound. Youcanf i nd pl ent yofsquar e cover sar ound t own,usual l yon t he si desofr oadsf ordr ai nage,andoccasi onal l yt heodd oval onsi dewal ks.I ’ veevenhear dt hati nBer mudat hey havet r i angul armanhol ecover s,whi chI ’ dsayi squi t ean ador abl e sel f i r oni si ng t ouch.I magi ne get t i ng one of t hose!A t r i angul arpi ece r eal l y woul d be a poi ntof mar vel .ButMar i ar ef usedt ot r avelt hatf arwi t hmef or our honeymoon, not i ng, accur at el y enough, t he r i di cul ousl yhi ghcost si nvol ved.I twasdi f f i cul tenought o convi nceheraboutPr ague. Thought soft r i angl esasi de,f or t unat el yt her e’ senough var i at i onevenamongci r cul armanhol ecover st osuppl y f oral i f et i me.Younamei t ,i texi st ssomewher e-r ai sed cr osses,waf f l egr i ds,cut outdi amonds,t hosear et he 29


cl assi cs.Buthave you not i ced manhol e cover s wi t h r adi alst ar s,f l or alpat t er ns,Maor idesi gns? Coat s of ar ms? I ’ ve seen pi ct ur esoft he manhol e cover st hey have i n Japan,al ldecor at ed and col our ed i nl i ke pai nt i ngs.They’ r epr et t yandever yt hi ng,butt heyj ust mi sssomet hi ng.Imean,weshoul dn’ tf or getj ustwhat we st or e under neat ht hem; we shoul dn’ t decei ve our sel veswi t h or nament s.The nat ur alcol ourofcast i r on,i t spat t er nssomet i messmoot heddownf r om t he pr essur eofdecadesoff oot st eps,seemsper f ect l yf i t t i ng t ome.Cr udenessi spar toft hechar m. So,have you everpr oper l yl ooked underyourf eet ? Par donmyaudaci t ywhenIassumet hatmostl i kel yyou havenot .Nott obl ameyou;mostpeopl edon’ tgi vea secondt houghtt owhati sact ual l ysuchaf i near tf or m. Mar i adi dn’ tuset onot i cet hem ei t her .I t ’ sashame,I mustsay ,andnotonl ybecauseyoumi ssoutonal lt he cr udenessandchar m ofcasti r ondesi gns. Asar esul tof t hei ri nat t ent i on,peopl eof t enf ai lt onot i cet heabsence ofamanhol ecoverj ustaswel l asi t spr esence.Don’ tget mewr ong,Ineverwant edt ohaveabodycount ,buti t ’ s j ustbecome par toft he r out i ne now t o check t he headl i nesaf t era new acqui si t i on.Usual l yt hey’ r e no mor et hancut sandbr ui ses,butsadl yt heoccasi onal manhol er unssomewhatdeeper .AsIsai d,i t ’ sapi t y peopl ear esoi nat t ent i ve. Mar i a,r ememberwhen you want ed t o cal lof ft he weddi ng r i ghtaf t eryou setf ooti n my apar t ment ? Looki ng back,Iwonder how we managed t o get 30


engagedwi t houtyoueverst eppi ngovermyt hr eshol dbuti nvi t i ngyouoverf ordi nnerf el tj ustasnat ur alas aski ngyout omar r ymedi dt heweekbef or e,j ustas ef f or t l essasi fwe’ d been doi ng i tf oryear s.I tnever occur r edt omet hatyou’ ddi scoversomet hi ngyouhadn’ t al r eady known aboutme.Idi dn’ tr eal i se you hadn’ t pi ckedupont hecl ues;af t eral l ,I ’ dt ol dyouIl i ket oscour t he st r eet sf ort r oubl e atni ght ,and I ’ d poi nt ed out sever almanhol ecover st oyouonourst r ol l st hr ough t own.That ’ swhyIwassoshockedt oseet heshock r adi at i ngf r om yourf ace,andt henyourmout h,asyou seteyesont heCol l ect i on. Mar i a,your eal l ydi dn’ tgi vemeachancet ogui deyou t hr oughwhatyouwer eexami ni ngi nsuchangui sh.You wer en’ ti nt er est edi nwhatIwast el l i ngyou,nei t heri nmy ef f or t st ovi ndi cat et hatwhi chsoof t enf al l svi ct i mt oour i nat t ent i on,nori nt hedet ai l sofmycat egor i sat i on.The hor r orwasspi l l i ngoutofyourpupi l sl i keani nkbl ot-and yetI ’ m convi ncedt hatasi mpl et ourwoul dhaveal l owed youatl eastt oappr eci at ewhatIsor ever e.Manhol e cover s,yougest ur edar oundyour sel ff i r ml y ,ar er ound becausemanhol esar er ound.Needl esst osay ,Iat eal l oft her i sot t obymysel ft hatni ght ,andIr et r eat edt ot he st r eet ssoonaf t er war ds. Ther e’ s a met hod t oi t ,ofcour se.You coul d use a cr owbarandt r yt opr yt hecoveropenwi t hpur ef or ce, butwher e’ st hesophi st i cat i oni nt hat ?Forcr af tandf or gr ace,youneedahook.Thef i r stonet hatIusedwasan ol dpokerIf ound,l i kesomanyot herpl easur es,i na 31


secondhandshopcal l edMar vi n’ sMar vel s.I tl ookedl i ke adi vi neweaponf or gedi nt hewor kshopsofHephaest us, andwhenIpi ckedi tup,i twei ghedl i keal i f et i meofi ndeed -mar vel .Thi spokerwi l ll ookso good atmy par ent s’f i r epl ace,Ipr of essed att he t i l lt or i d my pur chaseofanysuspi ci on.Theshopkeeper ’ spi er ci ng eyessqui nt edatmef r om behi ndt hei rgl asses.Wel l , nowyou’ r emaki ngmet hi nkyou’ r eget t i ngt hatt omur der someone, Mar vi nl i f t ed hi s eyebr ows.Af t er a f ew secondsoft enseeyecont act ,hi sst ubbl espr eadi nt oa gr i n. Af t eral l ,I ’ m awel l est abl i shedcust omer .I twast her e t hatIboughtmyf i r stmanhol ecover-t hef i r standal so t hel astonet hatIbought-i nJunet wel veyear sago.I t chosemedur i ngoneofmyai ml ess,t i meki l l i ngt r i pst o t he shop,t he sor tofvi si t s Ihave no doubtant i que shopkeeper sdespi sewi t hal l t hei rbei ng.I twashungup ont hewal ll i keamandal a,agi anteyemagnet i si ngme t owar dsi t sel f . Asi tdemanded,If ol l owed,t r i ppi ngovera pal msi zedr epl i caoft heVenusdeMi l oi nt hepr ocess. WhenIf oundmysel fgazi ngupati tf r om suchasmal l di st ancet hatIcoul df eelmybr eat hst r eami ngbackat myf ace,Mar vi n’ svoi cesoundedf r om behi ndme.That one’ sf r om Rome,hesai d,youwon’ tf i ndt hem ont he st r eet sanymor e.ThatwaswhenIknew. I l ef t Mar vi n’ s Mar vel s t hat day wi t h a newspaper wr apped br oken st at ue i n one hand and r ol l i ngamanhol ecoverwi t ht heot her .( Igi f t edt hest at ue t oMar i af orherbi r t hday ,andshesai dshel i kedt heway 32


i twasmi ssi ngevenmor eofi t sar mt hannor mal .Sor r y , Mar i a. )TheRomanmanhol ecoverst i l lhol dsauni que posi t i ononmywal l ,r i ghtabovemybedt oguar dme f r om ni ght mar es.To some i tcoul d seem t o getl ost amongal lt heot her shangi ngonmywal l ,butsomehow, i tmanagest ost r i kemyeyeevenwhenI ’ m notl ooki ngi n i t sdi r ect i onatal l .I twi l lneverst opbei ngspeci al . It hi nkt heoneI ’ m goi ngf ort oni ghtcoul dbel i ket hat .I saw i ti nat r avelmagazi neacoupl eofyear sagoand haven’ tst opped t hi nki ng abouti tsi nce.Obvi ousl y ,i t wasn’ tacl ear vi ew phot ogr aphoft hemanhol ecover i t sel f-nomanhol ecover ,t omyknowl edge,hashad suchapr i vi l egei nat r avelmagazi neyet-buti twas di scer ni bl eenough,st ampedi nt ot hecobbl est onesofa mi st yandeni gmat i cst r eeti nPr ague,t ot akemybr eat h awayandpr omi set or et ur ni tonl yonceIl aymyhands ont hechi l l i ngmet al . AndIwasn’ tpr ovedwr ongt oday .I t was di f f i cul tenough t o wanderar ound i nr omant i c handhol d wi t h al loft hese gor geousmanhol e cover s sl i di ngundert hesol esofmyf eet . I nt hef ewgl i mpsesoft hegr oundt hatImanagedt ost eal whenMar i awasbusypoi nt i ngoutchur chesandt ower s andf acades,Ir eal i sedwhatwassocapt i vat i ngabout t hedesi gn.I twast hewayt hei magei nt hecent r e,acoat ofar mswi t ht hr eet ower sandanar m char gi ngaswor d f r om an open gat e,wasencl osed i n a spr ocket l i ke, i ndust r i al r i ng l i ni ng t he out er edge. Char m and cr udeness,magi candmechani sm,i nvi t i ngyout ost ep r i ghti nt ot hei ri nt er sect i ons.The per f ectspeci men,I 33


t houghtt omysel f ,andmymi ndcoul dhar dl yf ocuson anyt hi ngel set oday . Mar i a,you onl y agr eed t o spend ourhoneymoon i n Pr ague because i tseemed al mostdi st antenough t o f or getaboutmyapar t mentandt hest acksofmanhol e cover si nsi dei t .Butnomat t erhow f arawaywer un,i n t hr ee days’t i me we wi l lhave t o dr i ve back agai n ( hopef ul l y wi t h 100 ki l ogr ammes ofcasti r on i nt he t r unk) , and t hen what ? You haven’ ti mposed an ul t i mat um on me because you know t he deci si on I ’ d make.MaybeyouhopedPr aguei sevenf arenoughf or me t ol etgo,buthow coul d you f ai lt o not i ce t he magni f i centmanhol ecover sher e?Thewayt heyl ongt o bel i f t ed,t obeacknowl edged? Idon’ tuset hepokeranymor ebecausei twasn’ tf i ne enoughf ort hej ob.Idr oppedahi ntoncei nMar vi n’ s Mar vel s,andMar vi nsmi l edatmeasi fheknew,and bef or eaweekpassed,t heshophadacqui r edapr oper manhol ecoverhook,onet hatsomehowgotl ostf r om t he t own’ ssewerser vi ce.Mar vi nsai d:di dyouknow t hat some r ace car s cr eat e enough vacuum under neat h t hem t ol i f tamanhol ecover ?Idi dn’ tknow,andnei t her doIknowwhatuseI ’ m supposedt obr i ngt hatf actt o-I canhar dl yi magi neadaywhenusi ngar acecarwoul d beaneasi erorcheaperormor econveni entopt i ont han a hook - butIguess possessi ng such pi eces of knowl edgei spar tofowni nganant i queshop.Ormaybe Mar vi nwast r yi ngt or i dmypur chaseofanysuspi ci on. Anyway ,youneedt oputt hehooki nsi deways,t hent ur n 34


i tup,t wi sti t ,pul lupt i ghtont hei nsi deoft her i m,and t heni t ’ sout .You’ r egoodt ogo.ButIdon’ tal waysgo r i ghtaway .Iknow t hatt i mei sapr i zedcommodi t yand ever ysecondwast edi sasecondcl osert obei ngcaught , butIf i ndmysel fi ncapabl eofmovi ngever yt i meIl i f ta manhol ecover .Justf ort hosef ew pr eci ousseconds,I st ar ei nt ot hevoi dIuncover ed,opaqueradar knesst han t heni ghtar oundme.I tst ar esbackatmeandgr aspsmy whol esel fandIf eelnot hi ngapar tf r om t hedesi r et ol et mysel f st ep f or war d and l et mysel ff al li nt ot he bl ackness.Thatf eel i ng’ sal wayst her eatt hebackofmy mi nd,butever yt i me Il i f ta manhol e cover ,i tgr ows st r ongerandmor ei r r esi st i bl e. I ’ m notsayi ngi t ’ sgoi ngt obet hi st i me.I tmi ghtbe,whi ch i swhyI ’ m wr i t i ngt hi snow,buti tmi ghtnot .Per haps t oni ghtwi l lbe t he t i me t hatIgett aken away f or vandal i sm ort hef torat t empt i ngmur derorwhat everi ti s t hey’ dbl amemef ori nt hi scount r y .Whatwoul dyoudo t hen,Mar i a?OrmaybeIwi l lsi mpl ywal kawayf r om t he under wor l d,l i keI ’ veal waysdonesof ar ,hunchedover asIconcent r at eonr ol l i ngt hemanhol ecoversaf el yt o t hecar .Thecar ,wher eI ’ dheavei ti nt ot het r unkand hi dei tundert her ugt hatI ’ vepr epar edf ori t ,onet hat woul dhi deever yt hi ngf r om you,exceptmaybef ort he ci r cul arshape pr ot r udi ng f r om under neat ht he f abr i c. Anyway ,Idi gr ess.Maybet hi st i me.Maybe.●

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Sempi t er ni t y ARCHI EHAMERTON Nowwoul dbeevensong, It hi nk, Andt hesunsett akeson Theember i ngor angeofcl osur e Ofcompl i necandl es Ofsunr i set oo Andt hedaybl endssmugl y I nt ot henextandt henext

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MARI ONWI LLI NGHAM


MARI ACALI NESCU


SAULBARRETT

V. Av i c arget sr i c epuddi ngonhi sf av our i t ej umper . Thewas hi ngmac hi ness wi l l r oundandr ound,y ou’ dt hi nkt hey ’ dnev ers t op. Hes mi l esi nt oamagaz i ne. Fi r esandbr eak upsandups k i r ts hot sofs t umbl i ngoutofMay f ai randf ami ne. Thej umperc omesoutc l ean.

I X. Thehugembar gol i f t ed. Oj oy !O j oy ! Howt al l y ouar e,Fat hers ai d.

XI . ‘ Iwentf orawal kt oni ght . ’ ‘ Di dy ouwr i t eapoem abouti t ?’ s heas k s . No.●

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TOBYSTI NSON


Fi veMi l esFr om Home JOETURRELL

CN:Covi d19 I t ’ snosecr ett hati ndependentmusi chasbeenoneoft he ar easmostdi r ect l yi mpact edbyCovi d19. Af t eral l ,cl ubsand gi g venues ar e ul t i mat el y pr edi cat ed on br i ngi ng peopl e t oget her ,shar i ng a communalspace.Wi t ht he abi l i t yt o congr egat el i ket hi snotcur r ent l yavai l abl e,r ecor dl abel sand venueshavehadt oi nnovat et ost ayal i ve.Wat chi ngsuch i nnovat i onandcommuni t yact i ont akepl aceovert hel astf ew mont hshas,i fanyt hi ng,onl ymadecl ear erwhyi ndependent l abel s and cl ubs ar e so i mpor t ant ,and has hi ghl i ght ed pr eci sel ywhati ti saboutt hesepl acesandcommuni t i est hat i ssowor t hhangi ngont o. Fi veMi l es,l ocat edi nt hehear tofani ndust r i al est at ei nSeven Si st er s,Tot t enham,i soneofmanysmal lcl ubswhosef ut ur e Covi dhasmadeuncer t ai n.I t ’ sbeenar oundf ort hr eeyear s nowandhasqui ckl ybecomeoneoft hebestspot si nLondon f oradance:oni t si nt i mat ef l ooryoumi ghtcomeacr ossany sor tofmusi cbuti t ’ sguar ant eedt obeenj oyedbyawar m cr owd ofappr eci at i ve dancer s.Li ke al lt he bestmusi c venues,t hepeopl emaket hepl acewhati ti s.Fi veMi l eshas l i t t l ef l ashabouti t :t hei nt er i ori sal mostt ot al l ybar e,asmal l cor r i dorsepar at i ngdancef l oorf r om bar .I t ’ scl eart hatwhat ’ s i mpor t anther ei st hemusi canddanci ng,f ost er i nganopen, communalat mospher e. 42


Sowhathappenswhent hi scommuni t ycan’ tdancet oget her ? Fi ve Mi l es’ sr esponse has been t or el ease a f undr ai si ng compi l at i ononBandcamp,spanni ngt went yf ourt r acksand t heent i r er angeoft heel ect r oni cmusi cspect r um.Anumber off ant ast i c compi l at i ons have been r el eased si nce t he pandemi cbegan( R&S’ s‘ I nOr dert oCar e’andEni ssl ab’ s ‘ Wor l dWi deWi ndow’bei ngst r ongexampl es) ,but‘ Fi veMi l es Fr om Home’ mi ghtbet hebest .Mor et hanj ustaf ewhour sof gooddancemusi c,t hi si sacompi l at i onwhi chcapt ur est he essenceofwhatmakesspacesl i keFi veMi l essospeci al :i t s ecl ect i ci sm and di ver si t y ,i t s openness t o al lsor t s of expr essi on. Justl i st eni ngt ot hef i r stt r acksmakest hi sabundant l ycl ear . Aust i nAt o’ s‘ WhatI tMeans’i sabouncydeephouset une, f ol l owedby‘ HypEman’ ,adar kandpul sat i ngbi toft echno f r om Ben Pest .Af t ert hi scomes‘ Met r opol i sNumber3’ ,a beaut i f uldr one pi ece whi ch echoes Bur i ali n hi s mor e ambi entmoods.‘ Pi peDr eam Fant asy’ t hendr opsst r ai ghtout oft he i ndust r i almi stand i nt o a sunnydr i ve,dr enched i n I t al oesque synt hj absand ki ckdr ums.I nj ustf ourt r acks si gni f i cant musi calt er r ai n has been cover ed, and t he expl or at or yl i st eni ngexper i encedoesn' tst opf ort hewhol e compi l at i on.Overt hecour seoft het went yf ourt r ackst he var i et y on of f er i s t hr i l l i ng, mi r r or i ng t he ecl ect i ci sm exper i encedi naFi veMi l esdance.Per hapst hest r ongest cont r i but i onsar eDavet heDr ummer ’ s‘ Hydr aul i x09’ ,i nt ense t echnowhi chsampl es‘ TheRevol ut i onWi l lnotbeTel evi sed’ , andDeLaPhoeni x’ s‘ Par adi se89’ ,agr eatel ect r odi scot une f ul loff eelgoodener gy . Li keal l wor t hwhi l edancemusi c,t hesear et unesbur st i ngwi t h 43


i ndi vi dual i t y and f r eshness, bear i ng t he mar ks of f or war dt hi nki ngpr oducer si t chi ngt oavoi deasycl i che,whi l st al so bei ng per f ectvehi cl esf orbr i ngi ng peopl et oget heri n communi t y( i ndance) . Thecoexi st enceoft heset woqual i t i es i s one oft he mostendur i ngl y myst er i ous aspect s oft he appealofmusi calcul t ur e,butwhent hesoundsar easgood ast hi si t ’ shar dt of eel t oobaf f l ed.I tal l seemst omakeal otof sense. Thecont r i but or sar ear ef l ect i onoft hecommuni t ywhi chhas bui l t ar ound Fi ve Mi l es. Take Z Lovecr af t ( Mal i BadenPowel l ) ,whose‘ Under cookedMor l ey’ sDub’f i ni shes of f‘ Fi veMi l esFr om Home’i nst yl e.BadenPowel li soneof t hekeyf i gur esbehi ndRhyt hm Sect i on,aPeckhambased l abelandpar t ywhi cht akesoverFi veMi l esaf ew t i mesa year .The f i r stt i me Iwentt o Fi ve Mi l eswason such an occasi on:Ihavevi vi dmemor i esofanol dcowboyt hemet une bei ng mi xed i nt o some gr i t t yt echno.I twas a wonder f ul , bi zar r e moment and t he r esponse was el ect r i c. Themusi con‘ Fi veMi l esFr om Home’ i sal mostuni f or ml yofa hi gh qual i t y and cer t ai nl y mer i t s a pur chase. What compi l at i ons l i ke t hi sr eal l y hi ghl i ghti st he i mpor t ance of r eci pr oci t yf ort hesur vi valofi ndependentcul t ur e.Now mor e t haneveri t ’ scl eart hatwhatset si ndependentmusi capar t f r om cor por at el ydr i venpr oduct si si t sneedf orl i st ener swho ar er ecept i veandsuppor t i ve.Buyi ngTshi r t s,di gi t alal bums, r ecor ds,casset t esanddi r ect l ysuppor t i ngar t i st sandvenues i s whatl et si ndependentmusi c sur vi ve and t hr i ve -not st r eami ng.Wi t ht hi si nmi nd,asi l verl i ni ngf r om cor onavi r usi s t her emar kabl esuppor tandsenseofcommuni t ywhi cht he wi derwor l dofel ect r oni cmusi chasshownt owar dsvenues andl abel sst r i ppedoft hei rusualmodesofi ncome.Mi l l i ons 44


wer e spentdur i ng t he t wo days i nt he l astmont h when Bandcampwai vedt hei rf ees,l over sofi ndependentmusi c r al l i ed t oget herand showed t hatcommuni t y doesn’ tf ade whenspacesar enol ongeravai l abl e. ‘ Fi ve Mi l es Fr om Home’i sar emi nder of why such communi t i esar ewor t hwhi l ei nt hef i r stpl ace.I t ’ saspr awl i ng cel ebr at i onoft hemusi cal i ngenui t yanddi ver si t ywhi chl i esat t hecor eofLondon’ s( andt hewor l d’ s)i ndependentmusi c scenes,anoppor t uni t yt oenj oyt hef r ui t sofaver yspeci al pl ace,onewher epeopl ewi l lhopef ul l ybedanci ngagai nver y soon.●

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Suspended in parenthesis, reluctant to budge, at least not yet. Perhaps you also compared the gaps between the branches to a colander, or mulled upon, then decided against, the foreign word for light filtering through the trees. Or perhaps something far grander, unfathomable, suspended in a voluptuous whirl of thought. But

the leaves slide, the pattern shifts, the shapes in the kaleidoscope unclasp. For now, I no longer know.â—?

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‘Clearly I’m the Sun.’ The words didn’t exactly reach me in the form of sounds—they shone from the Sun in pulses, like rays of light. Despite that, the Sun somehow managed to weigh them down with a petty, contemptuous tone. ‘Who else would I be?’ The question left me dumbfounded. I sunk deeper into my spinning chair as the glowing sphere in front of me sat waiting for a response. It was completely right; it was clearly, indisputably, the Sun. I leaned to the side and peered out of the window, confirming that the horizon was, indeed, empty. ‘That doesn’t explain why you’re in my room,’ I breathed out. The Sun sighed, and as it did so, it painted all my walls with an orange gleam. I felt the heat wave brush against my skin, reminding me of campfires and fireplaces and opening the oven to check on whatever was baking. My glasses fogged. It must have been an exasperated sigh. ‘You haven’t been outside,’ the Sun pointed out, ‘so I came to check up on you. Standard procedure, I have to do it for everyone.’ Something about the Sun’s tone suggested it was not exactly standard procedure, but also advised me not to ask any more questions about it. We sat in silence again, staring at each other— myself pleading for an answer from my four walls, the Sun as if waiting for it in a state of restless impatience. A few notes of birdsong slithered in through my window to join us, but disappeared before they could help me in any way. ‘In that case I’m... I’m doing fine, thanks,’ I said, finally, hoping to clear the path for the Sun’s audit.

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A second of gratitude, perhaps. ‘As I said,’ the Sun now whispered in even thinner, fragile threads, ‘you haven’t been outside, and you’re not the only one. Where has everyone gone? Are they avoiding me? I can barely keep holding on to the sky. Sometimes I tumble down at high noon, and nobody even notices me scraping back up.’ Inadvertently, I lifted my eyes to the dimming sky and the clouds scattered across it. The Sun was right; I never checked to see if it was still perched somewhere in its everchanging mosaic. ‘I think everyone hates me,’ the Sun confessed. Again, I had to stop myself: ‘That’s not true’ wasn’t a satisfying answer. The Sun had good reasons to think what it thought, I couldn’t just deny that. I measured the Sun again from my standing position, and then again after sitting back down. A lighter shade, like honey or tangerines, started luminescing on its surface. What do you tell a lonely, scared Sun? ‘You do know that we literally couldn’t survive if you were gone, don’t you?’ ‘That’s nice of you to say,’ the Sun shimmered, ‘but I need to know that I haven’t stopped existing. That there’s a reason to climb back up there tomorrow.’ ‘No, we really—’ I paused. ‘Well, I’ll be waiting for it. Is that a reason good enough for you?’ ‘I’ll think about it,’ the Sun said, and then it lifted higher above the carpet. It lingered for a few seconds, exactly at eye level, and then it drifted to the window and dropped down and away. It left my room to darkness and an unshakeable feeling of ambivalence. I didn’t jump to the window to check if I could still catch the Sun somewhere on its way. I flicked the switch on my desk lamp and stared into its lightbulb for a while. The darkness was gone; the ambivalence was as strong as ever.● 63


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EMILY MORLEY There’s a smell of flesh on burning metal... And five mins later the fry-up arrives The sausage is the same temperature as the air we sit in. Her hair is dyed white, he went bald before I was born. It’s not the mail! It’s the mail on Sunday! anyway we can’t get the guardian- the print’s too small. Estée Lauder lipstick and Gucci glasses, When she was my age she had had 4 jobs and took out a loan to buy a fur coat. When he was 5 years older than I am now, His best friend went down for armed robbery; he saved himself in the bins.

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Bubbles roaring in our Carling, we squint. He was an anarchist, proper into his books, my best pal, and he died in prison. A fly lands on his head, I wonder if I can tell him. The politics that you learn in books and the politics you learn when you’re earning are two very different things. She leans back until she thinks the words have sunk in; She has a habit of talking with her eyes closed. “in three years you won’t have a trace of an accent!” she shows her teeth to the Spanish sky, knowing it began with her fur coat and those bins. I see a reflection in the bean juice. There’s nothing to sneer at but myself.●

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Did Pepys Write Straight On His Forearm ARCHIE HAMERTON Did Pepys write straight On the canvas of his forearm Ink in spider letters stories of plague On the cellulite-white Like a garter of locked up gripes, The point of his pen spiked To a church spire, Diaries stick and poked On the warm depression of his arm Until ink and skin Seemed to converse? Company, did he think, how rare?

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Fat Old Sun

ALEX HADYN-WILLIAMS

When that fat old sun in the sky is falling Summer evening, birds are calling Can a song sound like summer? Perhaps certain songs remind you of certain summers. For most of us, I imagine, the Lightning Seeds’ corny choruses will always bring back July 2018, the World Cup, Harry Maguire’s forehead and our last attempts at national unity. But to sound like summer itself? That’s a different thing entirely. It was the end of a decade, but the Sixties had died months earlier. In the eyes of the American press, Altamont and the Manson murders had uncovered the satanism underneath the hippy dream’s naivety. But over in England, as 1970 began, a few Cambridge-based musicians and their very long hair were making a silver sound that still sang of peace and idyll. The lyrics were easy to read as pot-induced bliss. The double entendres aren’t exactly subtle: ‘new mown grass / smells so sweet’; ‘By the river holding hands / roll me up and lay me down’. So far, so Aquarian. If it had been recorded by the Grateful Dead, you could leave it there.

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But, though the guitar riff at the end of 'Fat Old Sun' is definitely a hint towards transcendence, it’s a very English kind of transcendence. The peals of church-bells that begin and end the song, like the cow on the LP’s cover, place it in countryside: and from that setting, it takes a hop, a skip and a leap and we’ve reached the pastoral. Pink Floyd had used this kind of idyll on 'Grantchester Meadows', a cut from their previous album Ummagumma. But then it was a memory, or a symbol, or a trip: In the lazy water meadow I lay me down All around me golden sun flakes covering the ground Basking in the sunshine of a bygone afternoon Bringing sounds of yesterday into this city room Now, they were talking about a very specific moment: an afternoon in the present tense. If David Gilmour’s voice wasn’t so earnest and innocent, his words would be trite. But as it is, as it quakes on the high ‘i’ in river, he’s feeling wistful for the present, the eternal moment that the song lives in. Right at the top of his vocal range as the guitar quivers beneath, he’s feeling a little trepidation: ‘And if you sit don't make a sound,’ faltering on that last long vowel.

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After Gilmour’s soft uncertainty, perhaps the guitar that comes in as the voice fades out in a fall and the drums cascade is the vision that follows, the lift-off as you ‘pick your feet up off the ground’. Its driving riff hints at 'Echoes', Floyd’s first epic, but this is still a folk song — at least in part. Just as its lyrics mix stoner culture and English pastoral, 'Fat Old Sun’s' sound moves from folk to prog. It’s a fusion that could only have existed in the tiny pocket of time as the wistful Sixties turned to the confusion of the Seventies. If you listen hard enough as the riff starts, you can almost hear epochs shifting. That guitar line would be the perfect soundtrack to the moment the lyrics describe. In some ways, it is the moment they describe: when you listen, you too hear 'distant bells' and ‘the sound of music in [your] ears’, and bliss. If I were sitting in the English Faculty Library now, I’d be tempted to venture towards the word ‘enact’. But I’m not — and anyway, it’d be silly to put an academic straitjacket on a song that bleeds simplicity. The lyrics hit you with every cliche of an English summer: church bells, children playing, Sunday evening, rivers, sunset. If it weren’t for the young bodies and pleasures of the speaker and his addressee, it could be a Constable painting. It’s the sort of summer that we long for now. Behind one of millions of closed doors, listening to 'Fat Old Sun' is even more evocative than before, and newly sad. When the simple things are gone, you realise that all you ever wanted was to go out and hold hands and lie together on the riverbank; what sounded trite ten weeks ago sounds like heaven today. And it’s the sort of Englishness we need now, too; a national identity that touches on the beauty of the country and its old, pre-imperial culture, but uses it as a space for pleasure and the creation of new worlds, not as a symbol that reinforces exclusionary nationalism. It mixes in all that’s brilliant about the modern world, rather than retreating into an imaginary past. 74


If we allow our nation to mean nothing but high tea and xenophobia, then there’s no point living here at all. The right wing have taken the word ‘tradition’ hostage: so surely we should repurpose it, free it. Why can’t a scene that looks on the surface like Hardy’s Wessex be home to subversive modernity and the counterculture? In 2001, David Gilmour said he’d been listening to Atom Heart Mother, the album that 'Fat Old Sun' is on: it was ‘a good idea, but it was dreadful [...] god, it's shit.’ I disagree. Listening to it now, 'Fat Old Sun' sounds like exactly the sort of song you wish Floyd had made more of: sweet, naive and likeable. Prog feels bloated now, yet another part of rock’s past that’s best left to WhatHiFi readers and Jeremy Clarkson. But perhaps the sixties folk revival, which for so many years has looked outdated — and thoroughly uncool — was onto something. So Gilmour hates 'Fat Old Sun'. But to me, it’s perfect: as summery as the first Pimms of May; as English as Harry Maguire’s forehead.●

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JERI SSASHOTTON

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