Tuesday, 23 March 2010

The Impossible Dream #4, 1986

THE PRICE OF GRAIN
We all talk a lot about wanting to be free
Sitting in the last lap of luxury
While some are dying for a handful of rice
Who controls the market...who fixes the price
Boom and slump and waste and glut
The currency is human blood
THE PRICE OF BLOOD

The final edition of The Impossible Dream starkly delivers - apart from the splash of red on the cover it's black and white. In fact it couldn't be clearer. And a quarter century down the line nothing's really changed - the inhumans' needle keen cynicism permits them to extract still the price of grain and spend others' blood. Inspiring as they are, Vi's lovely 'words written in trust' are easily drowned-out by the well-drilled 'scintillilating stratagem' of which Pinter spoke.

Nevertheless, a great artifact: Vi as ever; Lance and Domino photomontage + contributions from Andrea Dworkin and William Burroughs.

4 x A2 folded to A3 - scanned at 240 dpi.

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