UNCIVILISATION: The Dark Mountain Network

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The Nightingale Sings


The mad girl with the staring eyes and long white fingers

Hooked in the stones of the wall,

The storm-wrack hair and the screeching mouth: does it

     matter, Cassandra,

Whether the people believe



Added by Christine Rossi on April 23, 2014 at 4:24 — 2 Comments

camping without you

light softens.

breezes slow to silence.

wild turkeys on the hillside

          silently rustle the dry grass.…


Added by Albert Vetere Lannon on April 22, 2014 at 17:05 — No Comments

A Forest is Dying (An Ode to Mount Fromme)

"Forest Guardian"

As I sit sipping hot

lemon tea…


Added by Monica E. Craver on April 21, 2014 at 22:30 — No Comments

I will not loose you

As the words are spoken and the promise released
And the promise without unspoken of foreseeing what is to be
The request of being and allowing
In help us both to see
The future as we know it -  is not to be without ease,
The ease - simplicity - the love
That all it needs to be - without the resistance, doubts and regrets
And if there are such, that means - nothing is forgotten.

Added by Lana Samuel on April 8, 2014 at 19:30 — No Comments

Primitive Fools

We used to worship

Goddle:  found some equations,

now worship Google.


Added by Clifford John Vodden on April 6, 2014 at 8:00 — No Comments

Wisteria Blues

All gadgets and games,

ego and cash-grabs:  cold heart

of the modern world.


Added by Clifford John Vodden on April 3, 2014 at 15:41 — No Comments

Soul activists – how can we decide what to do?

I’ve posted this piece on my blog recently at www.21soul.me.uk and thought it might be of interest here. 

In my work with 21soul I talk about activists a lots. This might conjure up an image of people who are campaigning: serious minded folk trying to change the world; people who have a cause they are espousing and supporting. Of course,…


Added by Steve Thorp on March 13, 2014 at 20:40 — No Comments

Moving To Appland

So where is your home?

These industrial cities

carpet-bomb nature.


Added by Clifford John Vodden on March 8, 2014 at 11:03 — No Comments

"I'll Try Again"

God's re-creating

two worlds:  one for the masses,

one saved for nature.


Added by Clifford John Vodden on February 3, 2014 at 13:37 — No Comments

Music at Carrying the Fire

A taster for Carrying the Fire, here's the video of 'Belong' by Lorraine McCauley and the Borderlands, who will be playing on Saturday night. 1940's decadence and the dark edges of belonging:

Added by Dougie Strang on January 30, 2014 at 16:27 — No Comments

Unpsychology Magazine - reminder and extension

Last summer, at the 4th Gathering, there was a real momentum building around themes of Unpsychology, mental health and wellbeing - in the context of the global crises we are facing. There were two well-attended sessions where there was a lot of engagement and passion for finding new ways of thinking about ‘wild mind’ and what goes wrong (and right!) for people in our civilisation.

Allegra Hawksmoor and myself wanted to get a sustainable debate going around these issues and we’ve set…


Added by Steve Thorp on January 29, 2014 at 12:38 — No Comments

The Very Small Child in the Very Perfect Storm

If I had a grandfather from either parent (alas, I did not) to hold me on his knee as a toddler sixty-some years ago, he would have held such hope for me.

He would have known such pleasure to imagine little Freddie, son of his son or daughter, a grown man someday, with grandchildren of…


Added by Fred First on January 6, 2014 at 15:59 — No Comments

The Orbit of the Plants

Hedysarum gyrans is of course the first planet from the Sun - known to the Ancient Romans as Desmodium motorium. The perihelion of Hedysarum gyrans' orbit around the Sun precesses at an extraordinary 43 arcseconds per century, a phenomenon explained by Charles Darwin in his…


Added by Emile Johansen on January 1, 2014 at 7:20 — No Comments

Yesterday's London Meetup

For a long time a London Meetup tried to form.  Yesterday it happened  in The Tent of St Ethelburga's in the City.

For me it was the first Dark Mountain Group Meetup ever.

What impressed and interested me most, was the need I felt from us all for a place to speak about the situation of the world freely; the need for a group of people with whom one can share thoughts, feelings, questions about the situation at hand without being judged and stopped as negative or dooming, or just…


Added by Renate Faber on December 13, 2013 at 11:26 — 7 Comments

Darkening of the Light

Every morning I love to walk early beside the wetlands where I live. It is a time of natural reflection, a time to be alone with nature and the silent awareness that is present—in the hawk sitting on the telephone lines, the skyline softening and turning golden. And now, as we move towards the winter solstice, the first light comes later, and the darkness seems more potent. In this natural time of darkening I instinctively turn inward, as if in response to the loss of light. I sense the…


Added by Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee on December 12, 2013 at 12:41 — 1 Comment

S A MELIA, SF STORYTELLER & AUTHOR - The journey continues

It all started at Uncivilisation in 2012. I so enjoyed the fireside story telling, I enrolled and  trained for 12 months with Terri Howey (Red Pheonix) in Farnham and since July 2013, I perform each month at the Red Herrings evenings, Farnham Maltings, Farnham. I perform SF short stories by George RR Martin, Issac Asimov, and some of my own work.

For those of you who were there, I actually performed one of my stories by the firepit in July 2013. 

I also write under…


Added by Sally Ann Melia on December 11, 2013 at 14:42 — No Comments

Long Life Prayer


Cradled in sound.

Cradled amongst the ins

And outs of breath, of heart.

Cradled, covered, rocked.

This certain skin touched, warm.

Cradled with word,

Cradled with song.

Cradled in longing,

Cradled in dream.


This long voice,

This sunlit unfolding,

This silken morning air,

These slow, precise moments.

Voice is not

The only voice

(Says the world).

Heart has… Continue

Added by Simon h lilly on November 23, 2013 at 19:38 — No Comments



The insane

Present lucid arguments.

The sane babble

Dribbling incoherence.

Imprisoned and safe,

Citied in utilitied minds

Neat, swept clean.

Wolves and monsters

Hedged outside.

There are no doors allowed

This perfect construction,

And hardly a window,

So satisfied we have become:

These mirrors, these fashion items,

Neoned and bar-coded

Safe for consumption

( ever it… Continue

Added by Simon h lilly on November 23, 2013 at 19:29 — No Comments

Unpsychology Magazine - call for submissions

Unpsychology Magazine -  A journal of post-civilised neurodiversity and wild mind

Unpsychology is an attempt to scavenge our own consciousness from the ruins of industrial civilisation. To trace a path through our current climate crisis of the mind, and find ways of living in whatever lies beyond.

At the Uncivilisation festival this year there was a lot of talk - and two well attended sessions - on unpsychology and…


Added by Steve Thorp on October 15, 2013 at 12:58 — 3 Comments



“The only way to change the world is to change the story.”


We know only too well the story that defines our world today. It is a tale of consumerism and greed, sustained by the empty but enticing promise of an endless stream of “stuff” as the source of our happiness and wellbeing. We are finally coming to recognize the model of an ever-expanding economy on which that promise is predicated as an unsustainable myth, the domination of nature required to fulfill it as a…


Added by Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee on October 8, 2013 at 3:48 — 12 Comments

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