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Sean Urquhart
Sean Urquhart
I am an experienced writer who has worked across a variety of mediums including: screenplay, script editing, prose, poetry,and novelization. I am particularly interested in psychogeography and the scope it gives both academics and creative writers to effectively trade elements of their fields.
 

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Jun. 16, 2015 12:33 am
I couldn’t look at the picture without a few stray lachrymal droplets temporarily blinding me. I knew her. It had been years since I’d seen her and this ghosted image hit me hard. She’d been dead for three weeks. I couldn’t make the funeral, lack of funds notwithstanding, I find funerals almost unbearable. I’ve lost more than a few friends and family members and my guts lurch and I find breathing...  Read More
Jun. 13, 2015 10:15 pm
WE’LL ALWAYS HAVE SWINDON Nothing is as inauspicious as it seems, or, conversely important. Some smug buddhist more or less said that everything was meaningless and for a while I swallowed that. But now, I think it, life, is more profound and yet to be revealed in prosaic terms. Or worth doing. As Andy chatters non-stop and I get on-the-ground jet-lag, my mind drifts beyond his deathless...  Read More
Jun. 12, 2015 10:43 pm
That Old Celtic Twilight In The Bell: A Few Hours Not Entirely Wasted I didn’t quite get it. The constant newsfeed info, sped from outlet to mobile phone to the vibration in the air between us. I just didn’t need to be that connected. He was distracted in between screeds of conversation by his device. That and a million other interests; popular music, TV talent shows, political magazines,...  Read More
Jun. 4, 2015 6:41 pm
INTRODUCTION The darkened library revealed nothing to him more than shadows of books, shelves, wood. From the outside, the grandiosity was clear at 4am. Alone, the darkness within a person can't be seen in the eyes, heard in the content and volume of speech, only the cellular memory of it. The library gave way to the skies as the camera lens of his eyes panned upwards seeking out relief in...  Read More
Jun. 3, 2015 6:22 pm
ONE It was clear cut, legally. A sectioning? Morally, well, that was something for philosophers and human rights advocates to debate the tits off of. She was in a city centre restaurant, nearly naked and unaware of her actions. We were called in when she didn't respond in a rational manner to staff. Obviously, I don't know exactly how she responded and so this always narked a bit. Sometimes it...  Read More
Apr. 21, 2015 8:52 pm
The living is far from easy, Nobody knows better than me, The hatred and pain is internal, External, eternal. The foisting of others' failings, Onto a back that has borne more than is fair. And yet I must prevail, Otherwise the forces of darkness win And yet another victim of a domestic war, Capitulates to the demons, Of someone else's illness.  Read More
Mar. 3, 2015 6:49 pm
Almost Methuselah The frustration had vanished, leaving only a tightness in the groin and a gnawing sense of emptiness. That was OK, the type of emptiness experienced was Zen-like and comforting. The tight groin was down to recent exercise after a long lay-off. The day greyed-over in slow minutes, as I sat watching the trees encroach on my view of the sky. It was a very average, but very...  Read More
Dec. 14, 2014 8:55 pm
Meeting on more than a whim, Trusting instincts and taking that risk, That wondrous inductive leap Swindon recast As some Platonic haven That first kiss, Forever emblazoned on my memory. The better for being unexpected, From the very edges.  Read More
Dec. 14, 2014 8:46 pm
Boxing club when I was young, Broken nose pre-ten. The constant undercurrent of violence: In language, in stance, in actual threat. Skinheads when I fifteen, Attacking what they perceived as difference, Concussion: attempted murder. Leaving the locus of the memory, I always have the radar for hassle Ever-vigilant, And still harbouring the same fears. My body betrays me now, Attacking...  Read More
Dec. 13, 2014 12:16 am
It cannot be measured in pounds, dollars or euros, Nor is it win, lose or draw. It is the smile when you are ill, Soothing words when anxiety chokes, Simple yet profound kindnesses, Not to judge, But to support. I am fortunate to have someone of worth in my life I never expected nor engineered it, How could I? And everyday is a day of worth. Yes, it is not measured in huge gestures, ...  Read More
Dec. 13, 2014 12:09 am
It is hard to keep walking in a dead man's shoes, That man that kept me motivated when all had deserted, A man that life had battered and bruised, A landscape we both inhabited until his untimely end. I no longer have Nick, here. His words and my often faulty memory, Are etched on my hard wiring I still hear his questioning, His interrogation of my very being, And laughter, And poetry ...  Read More
Oct. 29, 2014 10:31 pm
GODDAMN GODLESSNESS I hear the screech of extremityIn all its bloody forms,From the CIA to the Al Qaeda bogeymanAnd wonder is it realOr just fictive?Designed to keep you focusedOn the ball already played,On the dictum already set in stone.Modern medievalismDespite the sophist weapons,Despite their godly claims.I am having none of itFrom my umpire's chair. RETREAT In the attic room,I catch...  Read More
Oct. 6, 2014 8:11 pm
Waves, sine waves of comforting sound. Wind in the telegraph wires, very distant hints of traffic. Alpha waves of relaxation. Sleep about to be disturbed by long-buried memories. But for now, deep, reassuringly dreamless sleep. The mile or so outside of Kilcar is a bucolic carpet of greens and in the dead of night almost total darkness illuminated by only the lunar cycle. Sodium light pollution...  Read More
Oct. 6, 2014 6:13 pm
OPENING RUSHES The allotment yielded small wonders from under its trees, among its weeds and the scurrying fox looked content in its verdant folds. The summer illuminated the darkest corners and there are precious few hiding places if one is feeling overexposed and leaden, dragging aching heels over grass and council concrete. Even kind words from a lover is little more than a sop for the...  Read More
Jul. 16, 2014 3:55 pm
Where will it all end? The nightly rhetorical monologue to the ceiling, From the relative comfort of the bed, Where will it all end? Born alone, die alone. The stark reality is hard to bear. Too much reality, Reality dull and leaden. The fear coming in increments.  Read More
May 17, 2014 11:16 am
It is in those opiated moments, with a few beers and brandies aboard that I said a lot of things i neither care to remember, nor really meant in a sincere sense. In vino veritas my arse, in other words. Ultra vivid violent anger instead of calm serence acceptance of pain. My old man had a high pain threshold, so have I. In those Tramadol years, I lost days to sweating memories. It was a wonder I...  Read More
Apr. 28, 2014 5:03 pm
Art. Three simple letters. Though art is far from simple. The post-post modern, fast-twitch version 2.0 of the notion of culture is often infantile and entirely playful. Playful is fine, in my humble opinion, but when it becomes the overriding zeitgeist (in perpetuity) it becomes tiresome and elliptical. So far, so obvious. The Sewell conservative option is the bi-polar coin toss opposite....  Read More
Jan. 24, 2014 11:16 pm
A new engagement, a fully operative, though clouded optimism, And yet you still persist in your little boy lost militarism. i remembered you when you simply engaged, spoke about the present, drank wine and now I see the shadow self I had suspected all along. hating to be the harbinger of an uncomfortable future self  Read More
Sep. 4, 2013 8:18 pm
Carter's sleep coma was rudely disturbed by the gnawing of the present, he woke to sweat sodden clothes and the dissociative state that often accompanied his over-indulgence of weed, those moments where he struggled with basic mental tasks, PIN number recall and the like, he often worried in these waking, fuzzy seconds if he was becoming psychotic or experiencing early onset dementia brought...  Read More
Sep. 4, 2013 8:15 pm
Self-Combusting in Tynemouth The weeks of recovery, once I'd shaken off the overly-inquisitive local constabulary, were made on the coast, Cullercoats, with baby-step walks by painful increments to Tynemouth and North Shields. I'd shelved any notion of past and focussed on the present, some of which was down to strong opioids and the distraction of a love newly discovered every morning, one of...  Read More
Aug. 18, 2013 2:31 pm
Only within the self, can joy be found, It would seem in these atomised, Self-focussed hours. The rest is mere distraction, The fabled bread and circuses of the now.  Read More
Jun. 12, 2013 2:21 pm
The sun illuminates those dark areas of the psyche; those horribly vulnerable high resolution images of self that convince oneself that it is not worth carrying on with the charade of life. At least it seems that way as a pint of lager is tipped over my jeans and I get the blame, although it was the complainer who has actually done the deed. The 15 awkward minutes of muttered threats and...  Read More
May 14, 2013 4:30 pm
Poaching Eternity: the Bull Inn, Paisley The former coaching inn houses a selection of Saturday topers and one enters through the thick curtains of cigarette smoke and street talk is relayed through slightly fuddled syntax, making sense to those who have altered their consciousness, chemically, to the same level. To the sober, it is low cadences of south of the Clyde, overspill Glaswegian with...  Read More
Apr. 20, 2013 10:45 am
The dreamscape was even unappealing, as dull as the streets I was walking on. Some homeless geezer gave me a riddle as I palmed off a couple of pounds for him to get a beer. Paul was less than complementary about my mental arithmetic and I got pissed off and went for several beers myself to leaven the dead weight of my own pathetic existence. The big man was in good/bad form, no personal mail...  Read More
Apr. 19, 2013 5:26 am
The municipal tennis courts; an odd investment in a town where the rainfall usually exceeds 1000 millilitres annually. The tempting blue skies resolutely give rise to temporary confidence and the lie of hope. The jazz, the jazz. Monk and Davis, what did they know that we don't? Plenty, by the sound of it. Ellington had to chivvy his manager to release $10 when on tour in '69 or was it '68,...  Read More
Apr. 18, 2013 10:54 am
Being stoic is only one tactic, Smiling at my inability to shake the past, Or admit to my constant failings, Is another. I see the spring arrive, Winds still howling freedom, As freight trains head south, To the concrete hive of cash, London and the city state of square mile finance, Big Dave has just escaped the clutches, Of that ludicrous world, Of almost sci-finance, Fictive,...  Read More
Apr. 18, 2013 10:47 am
Often I get the urge, to hurl the misbehaving laptop, Instead I offer a volley of invective into the ether, Directed at the pathetic self, The self that has little control, The self that mouths word salads, And then regrets the fact, That the neighbours didn't hear, At least with an audience one is alive, Even a complaint or threat of retaliation, Is acknowledgement of one's existence. ...  Read More
Apr. 3, 2013 9:20 am
It was in the look down the snib, Through occluded lenses, That said it all, That framed the lack of empathy.  Read More
Apr. 1, 2013 12:25 am
Like a budget Bukowski, Or some other vicarious thrill seeking consumer, Buying the sizzle, The rock and the roll, The prussic acid of the soul-eroding silence, Between the noise and fury of the nothingness, Between you and me, Between now and immortality, Which is simply negation of the here and now. Like a cheap Greer, spouting pub bore feminism, As the gins flow, The half-pint I...  Read More
Mar. 27, 2013 6:49 am
Oh, Ayn Rand and your ilk, You have much to answer for, Not to mention the utter hypocrisy of your lives, Especially Ms Rand's, A welfare recipient, when all the Objectivist pals Faded from the scene as her finances crashed, Not reliable notions at the best of times, Money being the most notional of all. Mere tokens, In an ever more tokenistic, Ever contracting global village  Read More
 
 
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