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BRIEF APPEARANCE OF THE ILLICIT MAGIC OF POETRY IN PARISH 397B

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‘In a future totalitarian state where poetic metaphor is an illegal black art, a simple-minded functionary called Pilgrim is unfortunate enough to have a revelation and write a poem. The considerable thumb of the state - a nasty amalgam of military and corporate fascism and authoritarian theology - is used to rub out the offending insect.’
From a review by Michael MacDonald, Byron Shire Echo, March, 1993

  • surrealist black comedy
  • 55
  • 5 total
  • 1 female identifying, 4 male identifying
  • 18+
  • adult
  • Australian Script Centre


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Male | Unspecified | 3 to 5 minutes
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EXTRACT: ..why do I do it?... I suppose I like pretending I'm dicing with death. It makes me feel...a little more human, in this mundane age of ours. (pause) Yes, unless you stand out from the crowd. (opens file) Like this poor fellow. Didn't have a clue what was happening to him. Anyway, my housekeeper won't mind if I'm a few minutes late. I might as well close this case. Let's see, I've written my report. Now, how to close it? I'll simply say writing) "Brief appearance of the illicit magic of poetry in Parish 397B. Pilgrim in question terminated. Case...closed.


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