Cris Cheek: The Ghost in the Lake

This is not in the slightest a new story,

And the following text of it has been derived to

substantial degrees from books

printed and published in the year 1639

of the western Gregorian calendar.


“Be careful what you get good at” True Detective, “Nothing grows in the right direction”


The death of slithering evidence

The death of ignorance

The death of obeyance

Death of adequate words—death of precarious kisses

The arrests of death and the idea of that stranger

Who fears nothing but leaving

To the gate-keeping great contrivers of massacre, who, in a thunder of horsehair and duck under wheel blisters for want of sense ought much to muck no thanks…


To read the full text: The Ghost in the Lake


cris cheek is a documentary poet-writer, sound composer and photographer who worked alongside Bob Cobbing and Bill Griffiths with the Consortium of London Presses as printshop manager in the mid 1970s to run a thriving open access print shop for little press poets. In 1981 he co-founded a collective movement-based performance resource in the east end of London at Chisenhale Dance Space, exploring performance among choreographers, musicians and artists to make collaborations based in embodied movement. cris taught Performance Writing at Dartington College of Arts (1995-2002), played music with vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Sianed Jones and turntablist composer Philip Jeck as Slant, collaborated on site-responsive works about value and recycling with Kirsten Lavers under the author-function Things Not Worth Keeping from 1999-2006 and has been a professor of poetry at Miami University in Ohio since 2005. Teaching across disciplines in Affect, Assemblage, Network Theory and Performance Studies cris lives in Cincinnati and London. Most recent publications are pickles & jams (BlazeVOX Books, 2017) fukc all the king’s men: the tower and a few beasts living in its rubble (xerolage, 2018) and Out cold in the library 1 (Dusie, 2019).




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