Normal History Vol. 493: The Art Of David Lester

Every Saturday, we’ll be posting a new illustration by David Lester. The Mecca Normal guitarist is visually documenting people, places and events from his band’s 34-year run, with text by vocalist Jean Smith.

The Revival Of Cruelty
Half hostage
half victim
blackmail shifts around
there is a closing up
and drawing in
 
Spectacle is the reward
in a catalytic cycle
the universe behaves
a crowd chants out at ringside
calling out for the revival of cruelty
calling out for more
 
When a direction is taken
it starts justifying itself
beginning by imposing a dismissal
on all that’s unexplored
all that’s unexplored
 
Direction becomes a window
in the semi-dark of night
we are peering in
or we are gazing out
 
We are peering in
or we are gazing out
we are gazing
we are gazing
out
 
and the crowd calls out for more
calling
calling for the revival of cruelty
the revival of cruelty

“The Revival Of Cruelty” from The Eagle And The Poodle (Matador, 1996) (download):