I’ve realised that going back to work in a couple of weeks means remembering how to make and keep a schedule. (Who knew?! That’s how long I’ve been on sick leave. Sigh.) Anyway, I thought it might help if on Monday mornings I give myself a set of tasks to do for the week, and maybe something to motivate or inspire me.
First up: Over coffee this morning I read the poem below, and it totally stunned me. (Thanks for the pointer Chris!) I also recommend reading the background text from John Knox, and listening to the spoken performance.
The First Blast to Awaken Women Degenerate by Rachel McCrum
The trumpet sounds.
All the monkeys are grooming themselves bald
in the zoos
Women slither out from gutters and under streetlamps
down from bedsits, and from behind garden fences
Foil sail unfolding irresistible as empty crisp packets
from pub table women
Women who sink a bottle of red and rage
with wine lips women
Fury unleashed women
in stamping, stomping, sweating
hordes of women
ranks amassing women.
and bear women
and wolf hound women
blue whale women
and badger women
and bison women
and bone women
not quite bird women
not least the sparrow
and pelican women
Give me unnnatural women
Give me mobs of women
chow down on misery women
seismic cunt women
bloody pushy women
like a 2am army’s march
through the veins women
Give me ruling women
and yelling women
Give me unsilent unwatchful women
Give me monstrous women
on the pavements of
Tahir Square women
Cape Town women
Before the second trumpet sounds.
Before the monkeys can groom themselves bare and repent
Before the streets can fall dark and silent and damned
Give me my monstruous regiment
I’m not sure if the poem has anything to do with my research but it made me feel good, and that makes it a bit easier to get back to work.
This week I need to finish a small but gratifying sekrit writing project. (Details soon.) And I need to read and comment on several thesis chapters. I also want to wrap up my thoughts on the animal welfare consultation.
I think that’s plenty while still on sick leave, no?