Achilles by Eoghan Lyng

Eoghan Lyng, Poetry, Punk Noir Magazine, We Are Cult

Achilles

 

I: The Lovers

A flower,

She brought one,

Specially picked for her love.

Flowers,

Many a time,

Brought them together with love.

They harvested a garden.

Sheering carnations, conventionally

Catering colours.

A flower,

Flourishing favourites,

Airports feel infertile without

 

II: The Strike

Political purveyors prolong paying,

Parachutes passively picturesque playing,

Painfuly punctually paused pugnacious,

Persist passers pass passive persistence.

 

The bodies, I recall,lined in a queue,

The bodies reflected o’er survivors, they few

 

Catered conditions call cognition,

Conflicted co-ops cooling conditions,

Cancer collected come cold commision,

Changing conceptions craving compassion.

 

A baby birthed in airport’s green flames,

A baby birthed engulfed in war games

 

Fearless fanatics finds fallow fee,

Famous forensics faced fractures flee,

Facilitate, flogulate, freer, foregone,

Festering feasts fall from foot-ons.

 

Low lie, the flames of Athenry,

Low lie, the flames of Athenry

 

III: The Telegram

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IV: The Mourning:

Through winds they called him,

And windswept, he left the

Surrounds that unfounded him.

Breezing in the meadows,

Over seasoned beliefs would hold him

Handled boundary-less, a bell rang through the courtyard,

The dimming light led these friends through nights,

In a dreamed of world returned.

The river flittered in waves,

For a hunger still unsatisfied,

Adventures on a road gone many times,

With friends, a dawn rose reddily,

And merry were the friends,

Who held their hearts with hands,

Friends who began to listen to winds,

Winning him back for one more night.

 

 

V: The Folklore:

Richie,James, it had all been the same,

So said the man with the bomb.

The nuclear strike struck out the sky,

Red was the colour gone wrong.

Guns filled the air, didn’t they dare,

To walk into the God fearing light sun,

Asked would it end, sang now and then,

As they struck, BANG, they were gone

 

VI: The Report:

The Akles Monitored the machines-

Negative-

Positions: Down.

Dead-

Dawn*

Body Count*

Destruction: Productive.

Gas Light: Eminent

Power: Negative.

Remnants:

-Collar bone, owner Fido.

-Matchbox. Boy, aged five.

-Fleece. Brozen zip.

-Petals. Fingers attached.

 

VII: The survivors

Paris is pretty to peer in the red light.

A gas on the tower is eating the flowers.

 

*(Too Red)

ELyING

Poetry: Rock and Roll Messiah by Eoghan Lyng

Eoghan Lyng, Music, Poetry, Punk Noir Magazine, We Are Cult

Long haired lothario

Marry your thoughts

On the mountainside air

Three chord fares us

Blaring the night siren. 

 

Peaceful player

Passionate pray he

May we stand to 

The soul of the yesterdays

Fallen prisoners. 

 

Lead wired walking

Talking the nonsense 

Of sequential magic

Tragic the soul

Who does not listen. 

 

Clattering magic

The shimmering strings

Stirring the airwaves

We behave-somewhat

Asking for more. 

 

 

Therapy withward

It takes three chords

To hoarsely enter

The matters we mattered

Brightly. 

Bio: Eoghan Lyng is an Irish writer, who writes when he travels. Writing between Cork, Madrid, Prague and Cambridge, Lyng’s work can be read in Vada Magazine, Outlaw Poetry, Poets Reading The News, and Spillwords Poetry.

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PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST AS A CONSUMER: JAMES GENT

Films, James Gent, Music, New Musical Express, Non-fiction, Portait Of The Artist As A Consumer, Punk Noir Magazine, Televison., We Are Cult, Writing

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SONGS

Blimey, where to start? Here’s a semi-random grab bag of tracks that always end up on mixtapes I’ve made for other people. Guaranteed to break the ice at parties:

The Quik – Bert’s Apple Crumble

The Who – Glow Girl

The Monkees – For Pete’s Sake

White Noise – Here Come The Fleas

Joni Mitchell – The Jungle LIne

Jimmy Smith – Root Down (And Get It)

Chico Rey – Stiletto

John’s Children – Desdemona

Funkadelic – Icka Pricka

Talking Heads – Cities

Serge Gainsbourg – En Melody

Simon Fisher Turner – Poptones

Contrary to this list, I DO listen to music made after 1980!!!

TELEVISION

Monty Python’s Flying Circus – The way it overturned the conventions of comedy and turned the very medium of television inside out plus the sheer invention and unpredictability of it all still makes for exhilarating, playful and frustrating/bewildering viewing.

Children Of The Stones – 1977 HTV folk horror wierdfest, and testament to the imagination and intelligence of the golden age of children’s telefantasy (See also The Owl Service, Sky etc).

The Singing Detective – Dennis Potter’s masterpiece. Watching this episodically, the way it folded together past and present, reality and fiction, memory and fantasy so satisfyingly and cleverly was a weekly revelation. Plus the songs are great.

Penda’s Fen – in part a coming of age story that addresses themes of sexual awakening, notions of England and Englishness, pagan heritage, semiotics, and the relationship between music and landscape. In the words of Howard Feldman, Penda’s Fen is “fundamentally an enquiry into English identity”

The Kids In The Hall – this Canadian sketch show from the 90s was a real favourite of mine in my late teens, and is still something of a hidden gem. Like the Pythons, it has a token gay man (Scott Thompson) pissing glitter at stereotyping; unlike the Pythons, the KITH boys looked simply gorgeous in drag!

Northern Exposure – Recently revisited this on Blu-Ray (no music cuts!) and this philosophical, magical realist soap-com still charms my socks off. It’s a cosy place to revisit, even if it turns out that Janine Turner is a total wingnut in real life (I know, it’s called acting!)

1990s BBC Theme Nights – Remember Forbidden Cinema? TV Hell? Weird Night? At Home With Vic & Bob? A Night In With Alan Bennett? The Lime Grove Story? What a time to be alive! (see also: Channel 4’s TV Heaven, Moviedrome with Alex Cox)

BOOKS

Bowie: An Illustrated Record – Charles Shaar Murray & Roy Carr. Not updated since 1981, CSM’s witty, unpretentious Bowie discography still sets the bar for all subsequent Bowie bibles. Plus, it’s full colour photographs of 7” picture sleeves from around the world sent me on a lifelong journey of collecting Bowie vinyl.

Ways Of Seeing – John Berger. This book made a huge impression on me as a teenager, and while some of it may seem dated now, huge chunks of it are still very relevant.

Notes On Camp – Susan Sontag. As with Ways Of Seeing, something of a set text, and recently reprinted as a Penguin Modern for a mere quid so what are you waiting for?

Please Kill Me: An Oral History of New York Punk – Legs McNeil & Gillian McCain. An eyewitness documentary in print form of Noo Yoik punk (via Detroit), from the people who were there, with very little editorialising.

A User’s Guide To The Millennium – JG Ballard. Nifty compendium of the buddha of Shepperton’s short form writing, covering reviews, think-pieces and prose.

The Shadow Guests – Joan Aitken. Nowhere near as well known as Aitken’s The Wolves of Willoughby Chase, this is a gem of a childrens’ novel that I revisit annually.

A Handful Of Dust – Evelyn Waugh. I’ve re-read this book more times than I can number.

The Doctor Who Programme Guide – Jean Marc Lofficier. My mother bought this book for me when I was six years old. Basically, it’s entirely to blame for who I am now.

FILMS

These aren’t my desert island films, but they’re certainly in my top 40, and worthy of a wider audience…

Martin (1977) – George Romero’s indie classic about a boy who believes himself to be an 84 year old vampire, has not lost any of its power 41 years on. It’s eerie, dark and tragic.

After Hours (1985) – Wiry, intense Griffin Dunne takes a walk on the wild side of New York’s mean streets in Scorcese’s underrated, atypical black comedy of a date that goes horribly wrong

Prevenge (2016) – Alice Lowe’s directorial debut is a hilariously twisted and uber-dark foray into the world of antenatal depression, and a worthy addition to the cinematic subgenres of the monstrous feminine and avenging angels.

Mahler (1974) – Sandwiched between the more lurid Tommy and Listzomania, this composer biopic is comparatively understated (by KRussell standards, at least!) and the criminally underrated Georgina Hale gives a tour de force performance as Mahler’s wife, Alma.

Champagne For Breakfast (1980) – Porno-chic rom-com from the golden age of adult movies, which manages to be genuinely comical and at times even cute and endearing; the camera LOVES Leslie Bovee, and John Leslie is always good value.

The Nomi Song (2004) – Terrific documentary about the short-lived life and career of the New Wave countertenor Klaus Nomi, a genuine one-off, and one of the first victims of AIDS.

Straight On Till Morning (1972) – Bonkers post-psychedelic Hammer horror, probably the most unusual and atypical film the Hammer stable produced. Rita Tushingham gamely subverts her “Girl from Oop North seeks a new life in Swinging London” ‘60s legacy in this psychotic fairy tale.

PLACES

Toronto – This city has everything, I recommend a visit!

San Francisco – As above, only with more fog.

Cardiff – I lived there for five years, and loved every minute of it.

Bruges – Yes, like a basic bitch I visited this city off the back of the film ‘In Bruges’ but it’s a weekend well-spent.

GREATEST HITS ALBUMS

Buzzcocks – Singles Going Steady (United Artists, 1979)

Blondie – Best Of Blondie (Chrysalis, 1981)

ABBA – Greatest Hits Volume 2 (Epic, 1979)

The Velvet Underground – Andy Warhol’s The Velvet Underground Featuring Nico (MGM, 1972)

Elvis’ Golden Records Volume 4 (RCA, 1968)

The Beatles – Past Masters 2 (EMI/Parlophone, 1988)

History of the Bonzo Dog Band (Liberty, 1974)

Bio: James Gent is Editor of the popular culture website We Are Cult. In 2014 he wrote the official biography for the relaunched the Monty Python web site, and he has contributed to several cult TV anthologies including the best-seller 1001 TV Series You Must Watch Before You Die.