Saturday, September 29, 2012

How to script an enemy

I performed this poem at ACT Heat 1 for the 2012 Australian Poetry Slam. It got me through to the final, but I was a bit lucky. I think it is slightly too obscure. It is also very hard to remember and I froze mid-poem, stumbling over one line.

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The producer says make them look like bugs
John Wayne grunts a story old as Cain.
Western logic and Arnie dialogue.
On a frontier moonscape godless plain

As John Wayne grunts a story old as Cain,
Farmers slay nomad roaming scum
On a frontier moonscape godless plain
Circle the star wagons, here they come

The farmers slay nomad roaming scum
Space cowboys six-shooting indians
Circle the star wagons, here they come
[Ignoring truly cowboys were the aliens]

Space cowboys six-shooting indians
You’re not from this land, extra terrestrials
[Ignoring truly cowboys were the aliens]
Process those left in off-planet jails

Not from this land, extra terrestrials
Leave them voiceless in floating space
Process those left in off-planet jails
Keep the public in hypoxic rage

Leave them voiceless in floating space
Rotting bounty in transportation ships
Keep the public in hypoxic rage
Can’t exterminate them once they’re in

Rotting bounty in transportation ships
Keep out the vermin infestation
Can’t exterminate them once they’re in
Be wary of words like assimilation

Keep out the vermin infestation
Human reptoids with pseudo skin
Be wary of words like assimilation
These creatures betray from within

Human reptoids with pseudo skin
Keep our story to its central thread
These creatures betray from within
The Federation against a common threat

How can we keep our story to its central thread
Of Western logic and Arnie dialogue
Rally the Federation against a common threat?
The producer says:
                        Make them look like bugs

2 comments:

  1. Congratulations CJ. I really like the poem.

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  2. Hats off to you for taking the National Oz Slam tonight. You are the best boring person I have met in long while!
    Love studio version of "I'm Too Boring To Make Good Art" ( ).
    Also love the Script, powerful visualisations bugging for animation directed by No Goddart!
    Bravo Yo

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