“The Grammar of Witchcraft” by David Parry
Mandrake of Oxford, PO Box 250, Oxford, OX1 1AP, 92pp £8, 99
A haunting conceit – Iain Sinclair
Revolution takes many forms. It can be political, artistic and even spiritual. Perhaps, that is why this collection of poems and mini-sagas by the British Anarchist and Heathen, David Parry, is so compelling. Indeed, there is a sense of discontent with the current scheme of things on every page; a feeling that the twin evils of a stale orthodoxy and meaningless social hierarchy are somehow at the very root of every problem faced by the United Kingdom, today.
Every Man and Every Woman is a Star!
It is this line from Aleister Crowley’s “Book of the Law”, which gruntles me the most. Perhaps this is because he is declaring the freedom, value and divinity of every Human being that has ever lived on this Earth. These are dangerous thoughts, even in our modern times and people are still being killed due to these beliefs. Yet, the origin, of this idea, is actually to be located in ancient Greece, among those people who claimed that no one had the political right to govern over another. By this, of course, I mean the early Anarchists. At this point, perhaps, we need to ask, what Anarchy actually is?