Artwork: Sarah Usher

Tour Guide

Tour Guide.
Falling for this again
Tour Guide.
Your exotic explanations
Tour Guide.
You know about the places
Tour Guide.
You know about the places

I go
You know about the places
I go
You know about the places
Tour Guide.
You know the names of all the
Tour Guide.
Tour Guide.

You’re a
Tour Guide, I like your uniform
A Tour Guide, I like the sound of your voice
Tour Guide, you know about shit
You really know about shit

Tour Guide.
You know you want to take a trip behind the
Tour Guide.
You want to lose the other customers
Tour Guide.
We can leave them behind
Tour Guide.
Tour Guide.

I know
You take it serious because you’re academic
I know
It’s your job on the line, but
Tour Guide.
We can get on the hit, and
Tour Guide.
Tour Guide.

Tour Guide.
Leave it behind
Tour Guide.
This is more important
Tour Guide.
That was history
Tour Guide.
This is history and it’s happening now
In my book

you know, sometimes you talk to me and
it’s like you’re narrating a documentary
a continuity announcer
negotiating the differences
between my programme
and your programme

Tour Guide.
You know you want to take a trip behind the
Tour Guide.
You want to lost the crowd
Tour Guide.
Let’s lose the crowd
Tour Guide.
Tour Guide.


Natural History

natural history.
comparative classification anatomically
nobody’s going to interfere with my taxonomy
all i know is got to resolve paraphyletically

if i note down everything before it becomes extinct
shit, this is overkill, you’ve got to be succinct
take down meristic formulae before it’s an exhibit
natural history, you know you’ve got to feel it

order
ichthyosauria
suborder
merriamosauriformes
infraorder
euichthyosauria
unranked
unranked

natural history.
you’ve got to read the sign
i’ve got to document the time
don’t want to spit an extinct rhyme
but the vertebrate’s fine
it be mine?

natural history.
this data set is not informative cladistically
don’t make me come over all inter-disciplinary
i going to nail it if you insist on making me

natural history and yeah you know you got to feel it
when we were ichthyologists you know we had to freak it
aquatic vertebrates and thermal homeostasis
i got a journal out so all of you can suck my pages

subspecies
interesting
phylum
not for you
infraclass
taking notes
infraorder
this at last
historica piscium

natural history.
you’ve got to read the sign
classification: unranked
this expedition’s working out fine
‘cause you can read my mind
domain. life.


Obsess

this obsession cuts into a place in my heart for you
fate is warming up my cells
your Alsatian trips on my empty leash and you know it’s true, that
we could be an airport together

(this obsession)

errant pictures navigating dark resolve
until you know how i feel
feed this bullshit to myself, might make me feel better
you know
neon light can spawn a world for you and i to live

trick the senses
hypnotise
distorted voice
anesthetizes
why won’t you now
obsess about it

T.V., it’s a tunnel through the ether
annexing time, can come through
and through a river i can shout of an organic love
i’ll get us wet from my twin peaks

it’s not real
neither is this
nor this
maybe nothing is