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Tin Man’s Lament

Tin Man’s Lament

Poetry
Kevin Higgins
In memoriam Tin Man Ó’Tuathail esteemed
literary critic & political commentator

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You weren’t, like others, born
of Babycham and contraceptive malfunction
but emerged fully realised
—someone else’s brilliant idea—
during an editorial conference
of a magazine that went on to be
important; your hands clean
as mild green Fairy Liquid.
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Your intellect keen
as the Leaving Cert exam
in which you gave exactly
the answers they wanted in precisely
the accent they were looking for ...
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Dumpster RabbittZ – Part Six

Dumpster RabbittZ – Part Six

Serial Fiction
Bryan Higby and Ricky D. Snyder
Chapter Six
We didn’t know it then but a whole world of nightmares was about to be unleashed on our small town of CarLowDen.
When I opened my eyes lying on the cot in the police station holding cell, I noticed the streetlamps outside casting in through the barred window to my left. My head ached like the worst hangover in human history. I know about hangovers. So trust me, when John Friend says he’s had a few, more than a few, you believe him. I was a writer, or would be anyway. You know what they say about us writers, we never turn down a drink.
Trying to sit up was ...
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The Occupation

The Occupation

Poetry
John Sweet
have to leave have to get back
home to the husband
to the wife
to the children
but it’s tough to stop drowning
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it’s tough to put the needle down
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pump that shit into your blood
let that body violate your own
just one last time and
then say it again
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let the sky be the
color of luminous dust
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let every house
be deserted and silent
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these are the streets and
this is the town ...
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Corbyn Versus Capitalism

Corbyn Versus Capitalism

Politics
Zack Breslin
We are now a little over a week out from the general election in the UK. The smart money is still on a Tory victory and an outright majority with which Boris Johnson can pursue his hard Brexit agenda and perpetuate the dominance of the wealthy elite over the rest of society. But nothing is certain. The high levels of voter registration amongst young people raises the possibility that Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour party gains enough votes to gain power, perhaps relying on the support of the SNP. Indeed, it has been argued that some polls show that the UK is “a normal-sized polling error away from a Labour government”. Were that to happen subsequent events would amount ...
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Harlot on Holy Hill/ The Witch That Could Not Be Burned

Harlot on Holy Hill/ The Witch That Could Not Be Burned

Blackbird and Crow
Song of the Week 02/12/19
Blazing like the pyres of the not so distant past, this week’s Scum Gentry Radio Song of the Week is a firebrand feminist anthem from heavy folk-rock duo Blackbird and Crow. With vocals that growl with righteous fury and chunky hard rock guitars, this one won’t just warm your winter cockles, it’ll set fire to your toes ...
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Comer / To Eat

Comer / To Eat

Short Fiction
Scott J. Moses
Ezekiel stared over the stillness of the Mexican desert, gun smoke and smelted-iron thick on the cool air. He pressed himself against the dilapidated boards of the shanty and looked to his uncle, who crouched, revolver drawn, peaking around the edge of the weathered shack.
“It’s over,” Smiley said, turning to him. “Your first gunfight, I remem—” he stopped when he saw Ezekiel’s revolver sheathed at his side and placed a gloved hand on his shoulder.
“Have to carry your weight, boy. You owe me.”
Ezekiel brushed his uncle’s hand away.
“It ain’t like you said. This ain’t right.”
Smiley Sheardon chuckled, slipping bullets from the slots on his belt into his revolver.
“Well, if ...
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The Neo-liberal Poet: An Essay

The Neo-liberal Poet: An Essay

Commentary
Kevin Higgins
I will start with a definition: neo-liberalism has nothing to do with being in favour of gay marriage, or abortion rights, or against castrating black boys for saying hello to white girls. It doesn’t care either way about any of that: what colour you are, who (or how) you screw, whether (or not) you’re a member of the Aryan Nation, and it absolutely could not give a shit about where you stand on the male-female spectrum. For neo-liberalism, it is always and only about the money. A true neo-liberal sees every situation as a potential financial transaction and would as happily flog child-sized white hoods to junior Klansmen at a cross burning in Cedar Town, Georgia as ...
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We, the Scum Gentry

We, the Scum Gentry

Poetry
Lickspittle Scumsquirter
We, the Scum Gentry
with our imaginary top hats and canes
and our supercilious sneers
as we swagger down
imaginary cobble-stoned streets,
spitting on the rich
who line the sidewalks
in dumb-struck awe.
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Resplendent in our morning coats with tails a-flutter
and knee-high boots
good for stomping heads in the gutter
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Oh, but a display of pomp and circumstance
designed merely to mislead,
for here in reality we are,
scurrilously scampering
between words on a page
and images on a screen,
pictures on a wall
and sounds in the air ...
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