‘Toad gives a lecture’ by Rishi Dastidar

  Toad gives a lecture I vaulted the proscenium arch last night, a one-act show-stopper of my own stealing, featuring a throne of cool wrapped in chocolate velvet, the devastating transparency of Wilde translated by a firebrand Marxist with a fondness for the glottal stop, and a servant whose trousers fall down. That the room actually saw me as Toad of Hall (not Hull), wearing … Continue reading ‘Toad gives a lecture’ by Rishi Dastidar

‘Tasting Note for Grief #17’ by Karen McCarthy Woolf

Tasting Note for Grief #17 after Do Ho Suh’s Staircase 3 Long and complex on the palate rage attacks the tastebuds, a territorial robin whose wings coruscate the epiglottis, insidious as rust in a cut. Her jaw has started to clamp. Remembering is a port wine stain.                     Similes are useless on this red staircase that ascends: an upside down madder root feeling its way to … Continue reading ‘Tasting Note for Grief #17’ by Karen McCarthy Woolf