The Cold Tap Sings

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Tag: Environment

ANOTHER GREEN WORLD

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Delighted to say that my new pamphlet, Another Green World, is published by SPAM Press today. It’s composed of alternative lyrics for the 14 songs that form Brian Eno’s pre-internet album of the same name

another green world

The poems were assembled by sourcing the album’s lyrics from the online text database Genius and erasing everything but the first word of each line. This word was then Googled, and its suggested searches used either as a springboard for improvisation or verbatim as a new line. Since 9 out of the 14 songs are instrumental, the majority of the poems are ‘wordless’.

All the clouds turn to words
All the words float in sequence
No one knows what they mean
Everyone just ignores them

–Brian Eno

You can buy Another Green World here. It’s one of four pamphlets in their spring series (as pictured) for which there’s a neat bundle deal here.

SALT-BLOOD (Mk.II)

So here’s an expanded version of ‘Salt-Blood‘ from ‘Fathom’, and an image to help set the scene. Hopefully you’ll be able to make out his silhouette against the looming clouds.

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‘Salt-Blood (Mk.II)’

Atop
a barnacle-encrusted
lamppost-like pole
twenty yards out

where
a hidden pipe spews
I know not what
into the precious sea

on
what looks like
an upturned waste
paper basket

a
solitary
cormorant
roosts.

Earlier
a fish was trapped
in his dinosaur-beak –

O how it writhed
half-swallowed

swimming in air

before it slid
into the saltcellar
of his stomach.

Later he might
walk the land
ride the air

or dive in

and swim around
the sound world
of the sea.

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