GUILLOTINE-MOI ! – 100 THOUSAND POETS FOR CHANGE – Paris September 24 2011

Tsunami bOOKS, Paris

Henrik Aeshna & Plastic Prophets ( SchizoPoP Manifesto, MEDUSA TV )

Paris breaking NEWS September 24, 2011: Tsunami poet will be executed today at the LouvreMuseum as part of a “Tribute” to capital punishment – he will be reading a Last Poem followed by a series of last wishes before being beheaded!

HEADS WILL ROCK n ROLL! poets are going out right now to storm streets, museums, GUILLOTINES, gardens & bridges, followed by a gang of cats of all pedigrees!! A poet’s head will roll down thru Paris like a blazing ball of fire, a dancing COMET, to sing the Poem – Hey world, let’s rock & JazZ!



100TPC poster designed by Henrik Aeshna

Henrik Aeshna & Elodie Noël at the Louvre

         … Actually, the Unpredictable absolutely ruled our 100TPC event here in Paris: a poet was guillotined at the Louvre in broad daylight while his siamese entity danced tango with him, played the Pan flute & read his death sentence. 

      First, we stood right in front of the shopping gallery entrance ( Carrousel du Louvre, one of the most chic shopping centers in Paris ) on rue de Rivoli, holding a white shopping bag saying “BUY MY PAIN”, while making ironically dantesque from-daft-to-dandyish zany gestures, causing a mix of intrigue-soaked indifference, general bedazzlement & or panic among the visitors flocking in to the museum via the gallery arch. Next, we sat around the glass pyramid, where Elodie opened the scene for the poet’s beheading, the event of the year!, performing Leo Ferré “Monsieur William” tango on guitar, a ridiculously absurd story about a model citoyen ( employee of the month ) in his forties whose impeccably normal existence has never known the name ‘drama’, til one fine evening he goes out for a walk & finds a fair girl ( a hooker ) to whom he offers a bouquet of violets, & when they’re about to step into a seedy hotel room on no less infamous 13th Avenue, he is fatally stabbed in a fight with a black hustler who had just popped up to try to snatch the girl out of him ( see linocut-based video at the bottom of the page ).

        Mr. William’s drama told, Elodie then started playing the Panpipe & finally announced the poet’s last words. The poet then “began to speak to them in parables”, paranoias, uttering a sequence of last wishes, among which a last “massage session” (shall we say!) with the Venus de Milo, Louvre’s official sugar baby, and a follow-up reading of his testament, a Poet’s Blood-written poem titled Paris( dedicated to Baba Yaga,  François Villon, Jeanne Dark, Jean Genet, Monsieur William, Brigitte Fontaine, Béatrice Dalle & oh-oh, Carla Bruni ), before being beheaded at last by Elodie’s flute-guillotine, the September Indian summer blue sky reflecting on the glass pyramid which stands over the entrance to Napoleon’s court: that was when his head rockn’ rolled & bloomed!

       Still hanging out around, we danced Butoh for the statues before we drained away to join other strangers & street musicians along the way ( like for ex., the piano outside of the Louvre, just off the métro station, along with a violinist & an old Han Shan riding a monocycle, or the jazz ensemble on the riverbank ); we kept waltzing up & down thru the streets to the crepuscular balconies of the Seine ( Pont des Arts, the wooden bridge over the Seine linking the Louvre to the Left Bank & part of Île de la Cité, the site where Paris was born ), reading from surrealist poetry & Beat big bangs to old French songs & even Braille, among passers-by, riverbank orchestras, picknickers, backpackers, beggars, kings & tramps.

       So that’s it, our rootless events were above all marked/highlighted by the sublimely sparkling presence of Unpredictable Birds & “accidental” strangers, or as I see it, a Parkour Poètilique, which is part of my process of psychogeographical exploration of intensities, or sort of wandering aimlessly & getting lost hither & thither so as to capture the day’s pearl ( and why not life’s? ), dialoguing with street signs, unexpected correpondencies & amalgams, treasures, clandestine epiphanies, places, scenes, people, etc., thus recreating daily reality by intoxicating it with magic, transgression, urban impressionist mysticism, the city as a living temple itself, “Paris hallucinating carousel on fire”…

– Oh take me back to that Paris we once so sweetly anarchized…

     Having put our “event” through, we took a little pause on the Pont Neuf, and then walked up along the quai des Grands Augustins to Boulevard Saint-Michel, looking for a nice place to eat & drink. We had a plan. And what a plan. We picked one of the most expensive piano bar restaurants in the Quartier Latin, located on rue Galande, a cobblestone street at the junction of rue Saint Jacques ( where Villon spent his childhood & later in the 19th century haunted by Nerval, Baudelaire, Rimbaud & Verlaine ) with rue du Petit-Pont, sat at a corner table outside & ordered several drinks & aperos to the sound of an opera soprano performing a cabaret feature or something like coming from inside. After two or three hours revelling in such a garden of earthly delights, we saw that the old Chinese waiter, who was both slow & deaf, was rushing into the cabaret, so we took the chance to flow off, I mean slip away without paying bill, very discreetly til we reached the street corner & turned on the right, rue du Petit-Pont & boom, we broke into a gallop, for real, as cynically poetically pathetical as it may sound, to finally barge into the first safe spot to avoid being caught up. So we got holed up for about 40 minutes at The Who’s Bar, 13, two divine pints listening to good blues & rocknroll & calmly waiting for the drama outside to cool down, just in case…, till we finally left for another voyage au bout de la nuit ( this time the drinks were paid ), like two fever-crowned enfants terribles whistling Chet Baker “Let’s Get Lost” in the balmy air, burning up all Saturday night thrills, walking past the Notre-Dame and tripping on all those art-nouveau style street lamps of la Cité, blazing like wondrous hanging aquariums on fire, o la Cité, the craddle of Paris, on the night it was anonymously reinvented.

Wow, Monsieur William would surely have been so proud of us… Life is so short, so let’s live it up! Cabaret de la Pomme de Pin, here we go!


Monsieur William


“Monsieur William” est une chanson écrite en 1950 par Jean-Roger Caussimon et mise en musique par Léo Ferré.
S’inspirant de l’esprit “série noire” du texte, les linogravures de Jean-Pierre Blanpain se jouent des contrastes. “Monsieur William”, un court métrage de 4 minutes.


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GUILLOTINE-MOI ! – 100 THOUSAND POETS FOR CHANGE – Paris September 24 2011 — 2 Comments

  1. MERCI!!!!Thank you for sharing details of your event!!!! Congratulations!!!!!
    Stella Johnson
    100tpc Abbotsford Arts ECO Salon Sept 24th at the REACH gallery museum
    Abbotsford BC CANADA

  2. Absolutely unique and enchanting – you’ve just changed the world by tilting it a little – how efficient, how utterly Parkour Poètilique, of you all. my joy, and a little token of moment for you;

    Ah, how cool & hot that is to the touchless ear.
    The politics of parking spaces which observed
    from within the threads of rotting corpse left soaking
    in a tub of Epsom salts, unable to fart a single bubble
    cast over the Seine in joyous relief.

    The poet begins to sink into the stew of his own juices
    like the poor hapless vinedresser of Umm-hakim,
    boiled in his own pot as a warning from the captain,
    the voice of his supple traceur-master,
    Oh-just-be wan-dur Ken-Ibe, brailling his mind,

    “Train yourself to let go of everything you fear to lose….,”

    the flames of Pelé leaping from his mouth, his tongue wrapping
    itself around the nearest grab-bar and hauling his mind
    onto the path of least resistance – free at last, free at last!
    the bag of pain waves joyously like a railroad wig-wag,
    while shoppers scatter in panic for the nearest reflections
    of their cars in the glass pyramid/ throw themselves into
    the shattering reality of escape, scramble on hands and knees
    to look for their car keys:

    “.Go to the center of the gravity’s pull,
    and find your planet you will.”,

    the voice of his mentor-traceur invokes within the ear of wan-dur
    frantic with page turning tourniquets dangling from the sleeves
    of his Pocket Idiots Guide to French Phrases, to limber his tongue
    as the eyeless corpse of dead poet, clutches fistfuls of tarmac,
    inching toward row M-26, kedging itself in paroxysm to be born,
    slouching last empty parking space behind the Carrousel du Louvre.

    Only the rolling head, lagging somewhat behind , is now possible.

    “Careful you must be when sensing the future….
    The fear of loss is a path to the dark side,”
    the traceur-master warns,

    “…attachment leads to jealousy…, ” which the bathless poet
    ignores, leaps onto the rolling stone of the bodiless poet.
    Alas, too late.

    The body parks itself in the last open space, but the head is cut off
    by a pale magenta Citroen, and smashed flat as a pancake.
    The Citroen parks over the body, drips black lubricant from a line
    severed by the shards of glass thrown from the pyramid. The corpse’s
    Armani alligator pumps are covered with goo.

    “I cannot teach him, the boy has no patience,”

    The ghost of M. Williams remarks, eyeing the puddle
    Citroen blood staining the tarmac.

    “Nothing to do here, let’s go have a drink, ” Heinrik urges,

    and the troupe heads off, Butoh fashion
    in the direction of the Cabaret de la Pomme de Pin,
    angling their way around the mound of panicked shoppers
    still crawling the shards of broken glass, sorting car keys.

    Elodie, hangs back a moment, rummaging her ‘Buy my Pain’
    shopping bag. She extracts a 14mm socket wrench and slides it
    under the Citroen; gently nudges the pancake under the car
    with the toe of her 2″-heel, leather zip-up black boot,
    and hurries off to join her friends. “Bon Appetite,”
    the pancake whispers in gratitude.

    “Bon Appetite”, Eliode whispers in return.

    – best to all, red.


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