Militant Thistles

polemical poetry to prickle the politics of "permanent austerity"

atos Poor Doors Sheriff Stars spikes

thistles stretch their prickly arms afar

Black Triangle bedroom tax Disrupt and Upset

William Clunie

pegida: poems



toss a match on the immigrants.

fascists warm their giddy hands:

muslim-baiting, muslim-hating

nationalism & #winning. christ it

always works:xenophobia.

is it a monkey thing? (it's a monkey

thing) the way chimps will kill

the oddball chimp. yes primatology

can offer insight & the demagogue

can pivot fear into votes: shriek

at the other sailing on

the winedark sea of accelerant

& toss a match:


                         golden dawn

doesn't have to hunt them down

in srebrenica, the muslims flee

toward the light. coming out of hell

a bonfire seems a possibility.








german genius to call it an evening stroll.

(they'll call the bashed-in head the love-kiss);

kristallnacht had a lovely sound too.




i can see an old man sipping coffee on karlmarx

strasse in 20 years, but for now somebody

somewhere is bludgeoned while we walk beneath the yellow trees.

the mass graves are full as we sit on a bench and talk.

the world-pain would be too much without a trick of mind:white

noise of terror, always somewhere else. it will catch up

to me, to all of us, someday seated drinking coffee, beneath

the exploding sky.





niels ege, action hero



linguist niels ege: danish teen cracking nazi

code, all language in his head, frozen

by knowledge (the tyranny of brilliance:

mediocrities publish mediocrity while genius

embarrasses itself). ege in berkeley 1968, he must

have laughed (envious?) at the hubris.

was it hjelmslev who crushed his spirit?

or made him great? i will toss the runes

to find that answer. his great translation of rask:

'investigation into the old norse'leads me,

a churlish skald, foolish, convinced of nothing

but the hegemony of genius, to the skein of words

tattooed beneath the tongue. 

William Clunie, born Sept. 8, 1961, divides his time between Portland, Oregon, USA, and Berlin, Germany.