Riot Inciter

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Non-Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic


Let’s Dress Up and Incite a Riot

Yeah well, we didn’t get to celebrate Halloween this year, due to Coronavirus, so let’s dress up and incite a riot. I am a riot inciter, according to my good friend Tess Tickle. She was there at the Gladstone Hotel many years ago when I incited a riot. I wasn’t intending to and I didn’t need to wear fancy dress to do so. I sang some songs, recited a few of my poems and delivered a few weak jokes. Well, I’m a performance artist, not a comedian.

The lights were in my face as I stepped off the stage after my performance and an altercation erupted amongst the crowd. Fists flew as I fled with my nylon stringed classical guitar. Honestly! Absurdity meets surrealism. It was hardly subversive. Well, maybe the poem about Jesus being castrated on the cross, 'What the Last Testemeant', but I was young and brazen. I escaped the melee and made it home. What do they want from me? Polite Shellian sonnets? Observations about inane Cantabrian mediocrity and the chronic boredom of their tedious lives?

I don’t think so. It is one’s duty to satirise one’s community, and that is one thing I do well. To hold a mirror up to your mediocrity and your futile lives. To your hypocrisy and stupidity. I’ve performed in prisons, on building sites and public squares without riots breaking out, but I am very grateful that one woman remembers the event and still describes me as a 'riot inciter'. No wonder I still love her.

Check out the song Never Been in a Riot by the Mekons. It says it all.


Submitted: January 14, 2021

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Mike S.

A fine write, Craig

Thu, January 14th, 2021 7:11pm

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