Life Goals of the Millenials or: The Commune Manifesto
“Ross’ performances are filled with electricity, bouncing from his lips to his fingers into the audience and back. This pamphlet is buzzing with the same foot-stomping energy, and chock-full off heartwarming wholesomeness and queer love. His poetry is honest to the bone and just as raw. It is an ode to a generation that doesn’t have much, but that has each other, and storytellers like Ross to document it all.” – Bibi June
Life Goals of the Millennials: or The Commune Manifesto is about growing up queer and not growing out of it. In The Commune we champion platonic love and
commitment. We tell stories, find good in those around us, holdfast our beliefs and
each other, and we face down the practicalities of a world not made for us.
The Commune Manifesto has taken shape over 10 years of late-night conversations in Glasgow tenements. It is dedicated to every beautiful soul who feels lost on their own, or terrified of losing their community as they grow older and feel the pressure to settle down. Finally, it is a personal statement of intent, an affirmation, a life goal, to retain the joy that comes from our hardfought and close-knit bonds. These poems visualise the hope we have in a future together.
Come join us in the Commune.
Ross McFarlane writes soft and kind stories which he yells in a weak Glaswegian accent far too fast for anyone to understand. He wants to write with the perfect simplicity of ONSIND, stir up heady excitement in a crowd like Laura Jane Grace, and draw you slowly into a Craig Finn-esk world of his own creation.
Self-styled "Glasgow's No. 1 Support Act", Ross has opened for touring poets and musicians alike including; Sabrina Benaim, Shane Koyczan, Rudy Fransisco, Rae Spoon, Petrol Girls, Throw Me Off The Bridge, and Jesus and his Judgmental Father. Catch him on the MegaBuses searching for touring musicians
to accost with poetry.
Check out more stories by Ross through In The Works spoken word theatre
company, where he has written for and performed in productions including A
Matter of Time and The 900 Club, as well as touring the UK and Ireland with millennial drama Make/Shift. He is a writer and producer on queer horror audio drama Folxlore, which has won the Audio Verse Award for Best New Storytelling Production, and featured in The Atlantic’s 50 Best Podcasts of 2020.