Friday, October 19, 2012

At the Personal Showing in 1961 By Matt Daisy Edison

This loving attention to the details:
Faces by Bosch and Breughel,
the melange of torture tools,
the carpentry of the stake,
the Catherine wheel,
the bars, spires, gibbets, pikes-
I confess my heart sank
when they brought out the second reel...
Anorectic Jeanne d’Arc,
how long it takes her
to burn to death in this picture!
when monks fast, it is called ascetic.
The film beamed on the dining room wall
of an old red brick
undergoing gentrification on Capital Hill,
glass shards and daffodils
on alternate lawns,
harpsichord, bare board table,
Cheese, nuts, jug wine.
and how is any of this
different today,
except now in color, and talky-
this prurient close
examination of pain,
fanaticism, terror?

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  1. i don't think i'd be able to stand such scene... color makes it more gruesome, don't you think?

  2. lovely.. hey i thought i hd seen your pic in another posting or am i wrong? regards,my rally..

  3. excellent sentiments and theme.

    bless sheng.