“We’re dependent on words.”
More riddles from Alistair Noon and Giles Goodland today, as climate talks meet policy farce in our Play-Poem
of Surveyors’ Riddles
, Verse XXIX.
Day 3! Time to get out your exploring hat and go digging through the cultural sediments with Giles Goodland
and Alistair Noon
. Yes, today’s Sidekick Play Poem
comes from the Team-Up Surveyors Riddles
, and takes a dance with Dante.
On your way with you, and don’t forget to snag thread on wall before you venture in.
Giles Goodland and Alistair Noon will be launching their sprawlingly epic collaborative pamphlet Surveyors’ Riddles
at the Albion Beatnik in Oxford this Friday, 2nd October, from 7.30pm.
That’s the Albion Beatnik, 34 Walton Street in Oxford, the very next Friday after this very blogpost, from half past seven o’clock in the evening!
But what is Surveyors’ Riddles
exactly? Or rather, what are the Surveyors’ Riddles? A lost ancient text from an alternative dimension? A kind of auto-mutating procedural text containing clues to the past and the future? A series of translations that take place through a dozen languages? Do even Noon and Goodland know what they have uncovered through their audacious technique of ‘genetic poem sequencing’?
We at Sidekick invite you to let this ever-shifting, anarcho-comic-historic poemavalanche swallow you up.
We’re very excited to give you a date for your October diaries, with the launch of our latest Team-Up, Surveyors’ Riddles
! On Fri 2 October at 7.30 pm
, get thee to the Albion Beatnik
, 34 Walton St, Oxford for a night of poetic chicanery and outright lies.
The result of some serious formal (and informal) mischief by poets Giles Goodland and Alistair Noon, Surveyors’ Riddles is a sequence written in the classic ‘enigmenga’ form and translated out of the original tongue.
At least, it might be. Frankly, the more you read of this devious title, the more you come to doubt a words its authors are saying. Expect layered, gneissic verses glittering with allusions to the contemporary, the historical and the alt-historical, and spot the tricks where you can.
For other Sidekick Books Team-Ups, head here!