Monarchs of the Crescent Pail

by Kiran Leonard

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#10--

first of two tapes i put out in quick succession just before i graduated. this is a tape of acoustic guitar improvisations + a couple songs, originally recorded in the spring of 2016 in oxford and manchester. artwork by mike & faye (a woman and a rodent). with thanks to matt bg & jess, and edwin stevens, and perry C.O.A.T. ...

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released September 20, 2017

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Kiran Leonard Manchester, UK

FIRST TWELVE RECORDS

from saddleworth, uk ; songs writes pruelewarne.tumblr.com

al albums put in chronological order w basic descriptions of their contents, #12-1

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Track Name: Cracked Globe
the weight is not easy--
it is a spectre from hell
it is a trembling bell
that descends suddenly;
one may bear its call
but it tolls for us all

the globe's full of cracks;
it is a thousand forests
of unfairness and fear
and they swallow us repeatedly
so we'll find in our dreams
the spaces in between
and forge our own positivity
Track Name: River in the Valley
there is a temperament
that we all seek:
the balance of our jest,
merely a noise that
drowns out questions from the deep
a coat that plumps us up when we feel weak

and i recall that night
in the back room of a pub:
a dozen boys all suited,
built all brutalist and proud;
with athletes’ volume,
they jeered and they howled,

and laid out on their table
a newcomer,
while two stood above:
one at his legs with a can of pilsner;
one at his head, but facing away
his dress pants slung over a nearby chair

they all stood round and laughed
as a tinny’s trail
curved down the naked back
of a virile male
towards those opened jaws
through a crescent pail

there was a river in the valley
and it fell from up high
into a void and hung
for a moment in clear sky
before it reached his lips
curved in a smile-

because he knew its course
and its provenance
just to glimpse the shore
to which it may carry him;
to himself, just for a moment,
or to belonging

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