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"One way of looking at speech is to say it is a constant stratagem to cover nakedness."- Harold Pinter

I was sad to hear Harold Pinter had left this world...his plays and his mouthiness will always inspire me.

“The invasion of Iraq was a bandit act, an act of blatant state terrorism, demonstrating absolute contempt for the concept of international law.” - Harold Pinter


Posted By Sandra Alland

Dear British Government,

I have just arrived from Canada,
do you remember Canada?
You see, my father moved there
from Scotland
and now I've moved back.

I was wondering if you could tell me
how to get my Scottish passport?

I have looked all over Edinburgh.
I looked on the internet.
I even went to the Gorbals
where my Da was born.
But I can't find the Home Office.

I know England is a separate
and busy nation,
but I figured being so close
and all,
you might know something.

Posted By Sandra Alland

Hi Boys and Girls and Everyone in Between!

The lovely Norah Franklin interviewed me for The Danforth Review . Here it is. That's an old picture, I look different now, I am much shorter and my eyes are green.

In other news, I finally watched The Science of Sleep, that brilliant film by Michel Gondry. Gael Garcia Bernal is stellar, as is Charlotte Gainsbourg. I already want to watch it again, it's so jammed full of humour and trilingual yumminess, and smart smart thoughts about dreams and love and mental health...

That's all folks.


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Pockets is a crackin local musician... Y and I bumped into him on the last train from Glasgow... where he and his KazooKeylele had made some new friends...

Posted By Sandra Alland

"For the fun, for the friendship, for the Friday nights..."

-television commercial for British Army recruitment

In order to stave off the rage such ads instill in me, I read good books. Currently I am reading Godspeed by Lynn Breedlove. It's a brilliantly-written novel about a genderqueer trying to survive poverty and addiction in San Francisco. Wow, can that Breedlove write. Pure blood-and-guts poetry.


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Here are pics from The Secret Ingredient (which turned out to be fabulousness) Nov. 5 in Toronto. Organized by the wonderful ryli skelton. Hosted by the delicious Dainty Box. Featuring moi, skelton, Laura Aidanblaise, Stacey B (& Airheart) and Brescia Bloodbeard. Attended by magnificent hoardes of lovely people. Thanks to my new friend Jorge for the pic of me, it's so rare I'm in pics, and also in focus! 


Dainty Box in hosting mode (drool)

ryli skelton, poet extraordinaire


The great Laura Aidanblaise webdsexy2
Ms. Box did a reverse striptease, from sexpot burlesque performer

to simmering intellectual who writes....

The wonderful Stacey B with Airheart!



Brescia Bloodbeard teamed up for the first time with a wonderful person whose name I don't know to make a crazy multimedia, loop-pedal, beatboxing, singing extravaganza that I superdug.



Posted By Sandra Alland

What a great thing Tam Dean Burn has going on in Glasgow, with Malcolm the fantastic sound guy, and Sonic Sinema who screen awesome visuals throughout the night. Check out Manifesto Politikal Kabaret at the Tron Theatre if you get a chance. Really dug Sparrahawk and Glasgow Glam Bangers. I also loved the photocollage piece The Thin Green Line Or: How I Tried to Stop Worrying and Love Neoliberalism. Thanks to the Glasgow contingent for coming out, especially my fam who made the journey from Drumchapel. 


In other news, here are some things I've been reading and digging:

1. Lock Up Your Daughters: This is Glasgow's fantastic queer zine. The latest issue has loads of great interviews and reviews.

2. A lovely German I met sent me a copy of Die Krone & Ich: Drag King-Magazin. It's mostly in German, but there was a wonderful interview in English with Susan Stryker, where she compared transsexual identity to immigrant identity.

3. A sweetie from Ottawa named Sean Zio has published a lovely chapbook of his young adult story, Skin Ego, about a teenager and his struggles with "seen and felt identity."

4. In Toronto, John Barlow gave me a gorgeous chapbook that Rose DeShaw produced... it's poems made out of Barlow's emails. There's some hilarious and smart stuff. Here's a choice tidbit from "Poetry's Reputation":

Fear not for poetry's reputation.
Poetry's reputation is terrible.
We really can't trouble at this point.
Poetry's been more effectively
than communism or the
universality of unions.

5. Did I say yet that ryli skelton launched a new poetry chapbook in Toronto? It's called The Cusp of Chaos, and you can get it at This Ain't the Rosedale Library in Toronto or Word Power Books in Edinburgh. Skelton is one of my favourite writers and people, please check him out.

And speaking of skelton, the next post will feature pics and more from his great night in Toronto, The Secret Ingredient, as well as youtube footage of the fantastic Pockets, who we bumped into on the always entertaining last train from Glasgow...






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