The third issue brings the strands that have been explored in the first two issues to a synthesis.
The issue starts with a poem by Damien MacGowan reflecting on difficulties in feeling comfortable in the world one finds oneself in, yet wearing what one has. Then Gus Garside, a professional musician and one time project manager for MenCap, as well as organiser of Brighton’s free improvisation collective Safehouse leads in to the book with a reflection on musical improvisational practice in performance.
Jan Tchamani then reflects on her literary companions and how they help her navigate the world. Jill Vigus explores the history of the private madhouse of Balsdean, now a ruins in the South Downs in East Sussex. Initially NO, an Australian writer, contributes a poem exploring her recovery from the pain of abuse, and how she finds sanctuary with a significant other. Benjamin Noys reflects on the legacy of RD Laing.
The Capital Drawing Group present us with a teaser of their project to illustrate Karl Marx’s Das Kapital. Carmina Masoliver contributes a poem that imagines the thoughts of the partner of the suicide victim in Sarah Kane’s Psychosis 4:48. Leading us out Kev Nickells reflects on form in free improvisation and Michael Burnett contributes another dark fiction.
Introduction – Alastair Kemp
A Coat – Damien MacGowan
A Sound Society – Gus Garside
Travelling Companions of the Virtual Kind – Jan Tchamani
The Madhouse of Balsdean – Jill Vigus
Far Worse – Initially NO
A Child Has Been Murdered – Benjamin Noys
Capital Drawing Group – Andrew Cooper, Endra Deburca, Dean Kenning, John Russell
Circles – Carmina Masoliver
Form and Free Improvisation – Kev Nickells
Aestus – Michael Burnett
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