“The Story of the Fall”

The Story of the Fall

for Mark E. Smith


  1. From the womb of 1970s Manchester,


Smokestack skylines and gristle gnashing

Piss-warm ale and sagging eyes

Paranoid cockroaches and cockroaching paranoia


  1. emerged Mark E. Smith


An auctioneer having a stroke

A conductor on a subway without stops

A stand-up comic who hates jokes

A preacher who can’t bear to say “Hallelujah!”


  1. sneering napalm tunes


Stillborn lives sketched in Mancunian soot

Cappuccinos frothed with used vibrators

Scrimshaw carved on rotten teeth

Perfume made from bleach and ammonia


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