The Stretch

The stretch brings up pangs
of pins and needles.
The masochistic tickle,
as the muscles exude their nimbleness.

The innards try to come outwards
in a pleasurable movement.
Peering out,
the wide yawn of the skin.

The crack in the day,
allows for the legs to touch the floor.
The floor gives way,
the stretch is no more.




early twilight,

the beach replete with nostalgic signatures.


The Walker negotiates through couplets,


sleepy uncles in deck chairs,

beards, t-shirts and BBQs,

feminine summer flora,

salt-water dogs on pink pebbles.



The Walker does what the Walker does best.

Striating crowds,

lost in the lives of others –

a latter day flaneur

imagining the sideline stance

as a confirmation of integrality, an a priori.


But the Walker observing,

only observes, as a Walker;

only walks,

as an Observer.


Movements urge like springs,

empyting on to the Walker’s brow,

the water of time wetting her cheeks

as walking becomes sitting,

palms to knees,

shoulders to sand,

eyes to sky –

the Observer takes the ribbon from her pleated hair.


Because the Walker observing,

only observes as the Walker,

only walks,

as an Observer.


‘Chaotic Property’ Stream, Crtiical Legal Conference – Call for Papers

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‘Chaotic Property’ Stream, Critical Legal Conference 2014, University of Sussex, Brighton, 4-6 September 2014

This stream seeks contributions on the theme of ‘chaotic property’, following the particular focus of the conference on the age of chaos and what this means in terms of formal, informal, alternative, authoritarian and anti-authoritarian property narratives.  What does chaotic property mean?  Does it mean it is disordered or highly organised?  Is chaotic property anarchist by default?  What does an anarchist property speak to and what can we learn from it?  How does chaos account for spatial understandings of the law, and indeed, the time element in property?  All estates in land are slices in time, thus how does a linear or nonlinear conception of time alter our understandings of individual property rights and what can chaotic property tell us about property in an age of neoliberalist totalising rights in land and everything else while you’re at it?  What do we do when we use anarchist property to resist that imposed by the state?  Is chaos critique?  How does chaotic property account for collective rights and environmental rights?  What does chaotic property look like considering traditional conceptions of disorder?

This stream would attract papers from colleagues working in the areas of property, law and space, law and time, law and aesthetics, law and architecture, anarchism, autonomism and the law, social movements, protest, law and resistance, complexity and law studies, environmental law, access rights.

For expressions of interest please contact stream organiser Lucy Finchett-Maddock at:

Proposals should consist of a short abstract (max. 250 words).

Deadline for Paper Proposals:            30 June, 2014