Hangman’s Chronicle / ian gregory strachan

1) Scapegoat Sacrament

this

is

my

body

which       is       broken        for

you

eat
it

and
may
it
choke
and
kill
you

..
..
2) Wednesday Entertainment

flaming thirsts
were quenched
today
at the Pauper’s
Graveyard

white hole
thin box
throat
snapped
for fear

next week:
popcorn

..
..
3) Red Mass

vampires
belched
in broad
daylight
on the Fox Hill
Road

dyspeptic
pastors
farted
fire

choirs of
maimed
red angels
gurgled
lunatic
hosannas …

•••

Reprinted with permission from Ian Strachan’s Silk Cotton Soul (Cerasee Books, 2006)

Ian Gregory Strachan is the author of several plays, including No Seeds in Babylon, Fatal Passage, and Diary of Souls. His other works include the novel God’s Angry Babies, the academic treatise Paradise and Plantation: Tourism and Culture in the Anglophone Caribbean, and the documentary Show Me Your Motion.

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