The shipyard painter, political activist and razor-sharp cartoonist Bob Starrett has just written a new book The Way I See It on his eventful life and times. Below we reprint one of his stories and review an essential read
Your love-life has been somewhat on the back burner of late.
But don’t worry. On the fifteenth,
your libido will be totally shaken up
as the glorious workers’ revolution sweeps capitalism
into the dustbin of history, when Saturn enters the house of Capricorn.
Problems at work have been troubling you recently.
You and authority don’t mix!
Hold on tight until the twenty-third, when you’ll
seize control of the means of production
and smash the chains of worldwide imperialism
that enslave humanity, as Mars reaches the Libran descendant.
Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio,
Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius and Pisces: You are reactionary bourgeois swine.
Archie Macjoyce was born in East London in 1980 to a factory worker and a minicab driver, before studying English at UEA, where he began writing poetry. He has performed at the Edinburgh and Latitude festivals and is currently working on a spoken-word-based musical project called Norwich Face Transplant.