In the process of covering the Maungatapu Murders, the lurid account of which spread like lupin blossoms across the fields of Victorian sensation- such a sensational age, the students in my class started to lose focus on the details. I mean naturally they got the specifics right - the five bodies, the dead horse, the stolen gold; but everything else became a blurred mess in the past, something malleable and reformed. I remember teaching them the definition of reformer, and getting them to model moulding clay with their hands making it into a tube, hands in the air. Their little reformation of the past: Sullivan as villain, Burgess as some gentlemen- this confused mess. For a week we had their pictures on the wall, four sepia men on the wall. It didn't really clarify anything for them, what motivates people to violence, their fears and their vast silences. 

#swag

I

I am so swag with my swagedy swaggy swag. Its no ordinary type of swap. Its my swag, my swagedy swaggy swag.
My swag is better than all your guys swag. If you THINK YOUR SWAG IS BETTER THEN MINE YOUR WRONG! I shall rain down on you with great vengeance.


II

My swag is so awesome and large that your swag is invisible to mine. When I walk down the steret everyone exclaims "Wow". That swag wouldn't fit in my tramping bag. My swag is more than just a hobo's bag, its my life and soul but I shouldn't brag.


III

There has been an outbreak of swag. Barricade your homes, avoid all contract with infected individuals. If any sign of swag in your family for any traces of swag. But personally I think I ...oh no ... I became one of them. I'm a wag swaggalicious, how to deal with your swag problem Take out your phone look at it carefully then look in the mirror and notice they are both different.

IV

My swag is better than yours
your swag is nothing compared
to mine, noone can bring swag down its in the clouds
thats how much swag
I have to show.
I have swag people don't know how much I have
people can't see it, people think they have more but there a speck compared to mine.
Noone knows about myswag its too big to.

V
Swag I believe is an overly used word that I dont care about it just sounds so uless to write about what is this actually supposed to mean. What use is I mean.. Why do people even sawy it?
This word is the worst word I have ever heard.
It makes me want to kill the one who says it.
It is the most annoying word I want to pull out their tongue it gives me a massive head ache when people say it over and over again.

lancewood

Lancewood is the worst of all the New Zealand trees.
When you look at it, you wouldn't realise it is actually a tree, but it apparently is. They have done tests on it, apparently, to find that it evolved in some sort of competition with moa to not be eaten by moa. I imagine these tests to involve some sort of mock up of a moa head, and not be particularly scientific. Moa don't exist anymore, but lancewood has "stood the test" of time. When you look at lancewood, compared with moa, it hurts thinking about the difference that having moa still around could have made. It hurts thinking about some scientist with a moa puppet head mock eating lancewood leaves. When I was younger I saw scientists as solely men with beards in olive green shirts, which is a fashion choice that isn't really used so much anymore. This is the image I have in my head when I imagine their experiments on lancewood.

BEST BEST BEST

B E S T  M U S I C  2 0 1 3

1. LAUREL HALO - CHANCE OF RAIN (Hyperdub) 2013
2 KANYE WEST- YEEZUS (Def Jam) 2013
3. MY BLOODY VALENTINE - MBV (Self Released) 2013
4. AUTRE NE VEUT- ANXIETY (Mexican Summer) 2013
5. COCTEAU TWINS Entire Back Catalogue (4AD) 1979-1997
6. MELODY'S ECHO CHAMBER -S/T (Fat Possom) 2012
7. CHARLIE XCX - True Romance (2013
8. A GRAVE WITH NO NAME- Whirlpool


BEST MOVIES 2013

1. TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD - Studied with my class.
2.  UPSTREAM COLOR
3. FRANCES HA

BEST MOVIES FEATURING TOM HANKS
1. CAPTAIN PHILLIPS 

BEST BOOKS READ
1. COMMAND AND CONTROL- Eric Schlosser
2. THE RISING SUN- THE DECLINE AND FALL OF THE JAPANESE EMPIRE - John Toland
3. THE MAYOR OF CASTERBRIDGE- Thomas Hardy
4. LIFE A USER'S MANUAL- Georges Perec
 


I

And you are so changed,
with your velvet dress all disappeared
and vanished.
I watched you disintegrate,
eyes all asleep and surrounded by Korea.
These stark Korean trees filling corners of photographs of you.
Where are you now, you were always autumn.
And now I am worn like medieval armour, worn like a shroud.
-
A row of desks. A group of desks, they move around as the weeks change.
A little ballet of desks, as I think of your new friends.
I think of your bookcase, I think of Spartan duplicity and Thucydides.
The logic of terror.
And my thoughts of you are always fraught.
I am wrapped up in that velvet dress which I carried from home for you.
And you on the couch in the summer, you in your silence.
I felt so ashamed when you left.