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Rochelle Owens: Devour Not the Elephant :: Poems and Poetics

Rochelle Owens: Devour Not the Elephant

Poaching scene
crime scene  carcasses of
dead rhinos and Savannah elephants
Precious the ivory tusks and horns
cut off  severed
Two from a bull
raw and bleeding holes gouged
into Jumbo’s face
Swollen  infected the wounds
every day bears the data
Data of body
feces  hair and nails  yellowish-white
bones push to the surface
In the green of leaves  Earth
Air  Fire  Water
          *
What is property?
property is the body  Ears  Trunk
Feet
The face half-severed  precious
the ivory tusks and horns
Property is the body
mutilated  burned  Ears  Trunk
Feet
Ears like human fingerprints
none are the same
Flapping their ears
blood circulates in the head
ears the shape of Africa
Two long pointed teeth stick out
of the mouth
The trunk is like a human arm
or the fingers of a hand
picking berries
Elephant corpses found drifting
In a creek  yellowish-white bones
Push to the surface
In the green of leaves Earth
Air  Fire  Water
What is property?  property
is the body  a human arm or hand
My mother was sold
from me \when I could
but crawl
                      *
Among the stalls
piles of ivory trinkets  bangles
and beads
Rows of Ivory carvings
of maidens  monks  and birds
Carcasses of dead rhinos
and Savannah Elephants  carcasses
stripped of their skin
Burned  mutilated  saleable parts
hacked off
Ears  Trunk  Feet
the horns and tusks ground up
my body the bread  my blood the wine
*
Disturbingly informative
an elephant savaged by poachers
Poison in the rivers
poison in the arrow heads  following
the dying animal around
Following the dying animal around
every day bears the data
Data of body  body of data
property is the body mutilated  burned
carnal/spiritual
In the green of leaves  Earth
Air  Fire  Water

 

Source: Poems and Poetics: Rochelle Owens: Devour Not the Elephant

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Mandy Patinkin – Brother, Can You Spare a Dime? – YouTube

~ gratitude to vengodalmare

A Review of Irradiated Cities by Mariko Nagai – decomP magazinE

Human suffering is central here, but more unsettling is how inflicting such catastrophe can be rationalized, ignored, fictionalized, denied. Nuclear power is only one form of deadly power under examination in this book, which looks, too, at power and power imbalance on global and local levels, from the capitalist interests in locating a power plant in a certain, cash-thirsty town to the nationalist interests that see in irradiated rocks a potential leveling force. We are made to see “power” as something invisible, taken-for-granted and recklessly consumed, with even those citizens who organize for anti-nuclear protests doing so via text messages sent using electricity, dependent upon and addicted to a vast grid of infrastructure. – Spencer Dew

decomP, founded in 2004, is a monthly, online magazine that publishes prose, poetry, art, and book reviews.

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Christa Wolf – Now writing is just working your way toward the… |Mythology of Blue

Now writing is just working your way toward the border that the innermost secret draws around itself, and to cross that line would mean self-destruction. But writing is also an attempt to respect the borderline only for the truly innermost secret, and bit by bit to free the taboos around that core, difficult to admit as they are, from their prison of unspeakability. Not self-destruction but self-redemption. Not being afraid of unavoidable suffering.

— Christa Wolf, City of Angels or Overcoat of Dr. Freud

Mythology of Blue : Now writing is just working your way toward the….

Film Review: “The Better Angels”

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Braydon Denney in “The Better Angels,” by A. J. Edwards. Credit Amplify

“The Better Angels” Film Review

Hanya Yanagihara’s ‘A Little Life’: The Great Gay Novel Might Be Here – The Atlantic

Hanya Yanagihara’s ‘A Little Life’: The Great Gay Novel Might Be Here – The Atlantic.

Dürer’s Devil Within by Andrew Butterfield | NYRblog | The New York Review of Books

Albertina Museum, Vienna

 

Albrecht Dürer: Mein Agnes (My Agnes), detail, 1494

Dürer’s Devil Within by Andrew Butterfield | NYRblog | The New York Review of Books.

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