Recorded in Lewisham and Stretford between 4th December 2011 and 2nd July 2017
I tell (to death) a memory of the rat - 'big as a fucking pig':
it swaggered between tables as if it owned the premises.
I can't do anything but tell it (if not to death) to wall its room.
It owned that grotty garden that fucking Sunday afternoon.
I have a kitchenette - no toilet, yet - but shower, sofa, bed;
the next rung is self-containment (must aspire). But who said
I'm not accommodating. I fought the mice into the floors
and if they stay there they can stay here; out of sight, out of my thoughts.
The edges of my vision should be still - drifting with dreams;
not crawling with cockroaches. Quick, then still. Every beast
should have a fear and dread of man. This - 'big as a fucking mouse' -
still; steadily looking. I leap from sofa to bed; bleat-
no - command - it: shelter in the dark. Let me sleep - like the mice.
It tracks under my bed. That doesn't comfort. I've obliged
its stolid claim on majesty, as I have flattered rats.
But it should know it in its composition, antennae - from its
armoured hind down to lowered, bullish head -
it should know that it is flattened. I'm rattled. But
that's its only card - the rattling. That translates quickly to wrath.
It should have lived inside the walls. Can only fall on the warpath.
released July 23, 2017
Written by Language of Prairie Dogs
Engineered, produced, mixed & mastered by Chris Killen & Matthew Alexander Kaufman
Drums recorded & engineered by Buzz Allan
Additional recording by James Aparicio
Dean Anthony Sobers - vocals, guitars, backing vocals
Matthew Alexander Kaufman - bass, saxophone, keyboards, artificially synthesized digital electronic instruments including trumpet and tambourine
Artwork by The Brown Dwarf, from Hubble's view of the Orion Nebula (credit: NASA, ESA, M. Robberto (Space Telescope Science Institute/ESA) and the Hubble Space Telescope Orion Treasury Project Team) // typeface Kindersley Grand Arcade, after David Kindersley: www.tate.org.uk/art/artworks/kindersley-letters-are-things-p06320