Ticket offer: The Price of Kings - Yasser Arafat

Your chance to attend the premiere of the first in a series of films on the perils of political lead

Spirit Level Film are delighted to announce the UK London premiere of The Price of Kings: Yasser Arafat - the first film in a landmark documentary series on leadership, which reveals the sacrifices made and the ultimate price paid, both personally and politically, in order to lead a nation. In celebration they're offering three pairs of tickets to New Statesman readers to see the film at their central London premiere on 13 March at Cineworld, Haymarket, London SW1. It's first come, first served, so send an email with "New Statesman" in the subject line to info@priceofkings.co.uk

And here's the trailer for the Arafat film (the first in a projected series of 12) to whet your appetite:

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"On Crutches" and "At Thirty Three"

Two poems by Joe Dunthorne.

On Crutches


Are you trying to say
you never leapt from a spinny chair
into the backing singer’s arms
at the gender-neutral barber’s soft launch
yelling “for I am the centrifuge,
all densities find kin within me” at which point
she – ha! – totally caught you
then whispered something tender to your charming,
harmless mole and next thing
it was dawn in the playpark as you shoulder-rolled
in dismount from the tyre’s ecliptic swing
– shoeless, by now, you maniac – coming down weird
and hard on your ankle which shivered
but did not crack – ha! – ha! – and so, in fact,
I have no fucking idea
how you hurt yourself – probably in the shower –
you horrid, impossible man.

 

At thirty-three

I finally had the dream
where I made love to my mother.
I kept saying you are my mother
and she said I absolutely am
then she phoned my father
and told him everything.

 

Joe Dunthorne’s new novel, The Adulterants, will be published in February. His poems are published in Faber New Poets 5.

This article first appeared in the 25 May 2017 issue of the New Statesman, Why Islamic State targets Britain

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