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The Cycle to Work Scheme

The Cycle to Work Scheme is poetry built from resounding frustration at the pace of life that comes out of our collective nine-to-five existence.

The project, produced by The JARG Collective Press, is described as a workers’ electronic opera, and it feels like it. The vinyl is probably the most polished piece of the project, with the film featuring thumbs over camera lenses, and jumps from portrait to landscape – throwing the honest energy of the cycling commute into the spotlight.

We’ve wanted to work with JARG for a while, and entirely due to Art in Liverpool’s flakiness, it hasn’t happened. This is a, kind of, mid-way to that, but you should know about what they do, because you live here, and because you live the life they present.

Over the next few issues, we’ll be sharing the poems from The Cycle to Work Scheme on our middle pages. Starting with Monday and Tuesday, to the gruelling Sunday commute (probably sometime in May).

What’s worth noting too, is that there’s an anonymity to the poems. They are, for all intents and purposes, offering the workers a voice to air their grievances. It’s not aimed directly at one employer, but at the system most of us work within.

So this introduction isn’t a review, it’s a kind of welcome, from us at Art in Liverpool, to them at JARG, into their world of anti-capitalist, anti-corporate, anti-day-to-day, wall-to-wall, hour-to-hour living standards.

Over to them.

Madelaine Kinsella is the editor of The JARG Collective Press.

You can buy the vinyl package via jarg.bigcartel.com and find out more, including back issues of JARG Zine at www.jargmagazine.com

MONDAY

I WORK THE EARLY SHIFT

BECAUSE I SELDOM SLEEP THROUGH

NO IT WASN’T SUPPOSED TO BE LIKE THIS NO

YES I’LL SIGN THE PETITION

YES I’LL SHARE IT AS WELL

DEATH TO CAMEL-COLOURED OVERCOATS

THE UPWARD FAILURE OF THE WELL-HEELED

THE UPWARD FAILURE OF MEN

GOD FORBID YOU’D INCLUDE THE ATTACHMENT FROM THE ORIGINAL EMAIL IN YOUR REPLY

BANK ROBBERY DAYDREAM

SUPERMARKET STATE OF MIND

WE DIDN’T CLAP WE’RE TERRORISTS NOW

THAT HEDGEFUND CONFIDENCE

HOT SMOG

LEASE CARS

GOLDFINCHES

A LIST OF LISTS

DEATH TO LANDLORDS

DEATH TO LANDLORDISM

DEATH TO WHITE LIBERALS

WHAT IS PROGRESS ANYWAY?

TAKE CARE OF YOUR FEET

EAT BETTER EAT WELL

SHORT-TERMISM

MYOPIA

RID THE EARTH

HALF-DAY-HERE-AND-THERE

PROHIBIT DISENGAGE

IS THIS ON THE NEWS?

WALL-TO-WALL DEATH DEATH WALL-TO-WALL

DON’T THINK THEY HAVE THE BUDGET FOR IT

BAD BACK CAN’T LIE FLAT

THE LOOSE TIMETABLE OF THE 61A

THAT TUPPERWARE BOX IS LEAKING

DARK HEGEMONY

NO PAPER TOWELS

PRESCRIPTION SUBSCRIPTION

HOW CAN I BE ENTHUSIASTIC ABOUT SUCH A LOW WAGE?

THIS JUST ISN’T ON

HALF-AN-HOUR-DINNER

THAT MICROWAVE IS OVERWORKED

NEW INCIDENT LOGGED

CLANDESTINE MANAGERIAL BRIEFINGS

HOW DOES IT MAKE YOU FEEL?

I’M STILL TRYING TO MAKE AMENDS

HERBAL REMEDIES INTER-DEPARTMENTAL ENVY DUE DILIGENCE

PANIC BUT DO NOT DESPAIR            *1312*

TUESDAY

BUS STOP SMASHED UP GLASS EVERYWHERE

BORN COPE CHANGE

I WEAR MY LIFE ON MY FOREHEAD

STATE-SANCTIONED MANIPULATION

NEVER PLACATE THE COURT

WE WON’T SUCCUMB TO THE COLD

ARGUMENTS IN HOME AND BARGAIN

RADICALISED BY POVERTY

ANSWER THE PHONE

DEATH TO THOSE WHO MEDITATE

A FISTFUL OF KALE

BOOM AND BUST

FREE MARKETS

IT IS ALL HOMOGENISED

ARE YOU SELF-POLICING?

IF YOU BRING HOPE THEY’LL KILL YOU

IF YOU BRING PEACE THEY’LL KILL YOU

YOU’RE A STRIKEBREAKER

YOU’RE A CCTV CAMERA

YOU’RE A FAN OF HR

TRANSWORLD PRECARITY

DEATH TO WELLNESS

KIND REGARDS

AN HOUR FOR REFLECTION

WHAT IS WORK NOW?

DEBT THIS IS THE HOUSE THAT

NEOLIBERALISM BUILT OUR FUCKING LIFE

OUR LIVES

NO SUGAR NO MILK EITHER

THANK YOU

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