Bodies - Fragments - Boundaries

by Prema Arasu

                                the ship of Theseus


                                   brain and flesh:
                              interchangeable parts
                             tied with fibrous string
                             monstrous endeavours
                                 made and unmade


             a vile assemblage of flesh which together
                  
      forms a (in)coherent totality
                                exquisitely beautiful
                                   delicately terrible.


                            dislocated and isolated
                     dissected fragmented fractured
                   ‘thingness’ eschewing corporeality
                        simplicity of dislocated parts
                         a (re)emergence of the flesh


                  we cut through sinews, disentangle
                              the abstract corporeal
                                        in search of
                                 our traumatic limits


                                 strange components
                      detachment brings sick revulsion
                                  we are nothing but


                                               frag –


                                              ments

                                                              the ship of Theseus


                                                                  brain and flesh:
                                                             interchangeable parts
                                                            tied with fibrous string
                                                            monstrous endeavours
                                                                made and unmade


                                           a vile assemblage of flesh which together
                                                       forms a (in)coherent totality
                                                             exquisitely beautiful
                                                              delicately terrible.


                                                          dislocated and isolated
                                                  dissected fragmented fractured
                                              ‘thingness’ eschewing corporeality
                                                     simplicity of dislocated parts
                                                      a (re)emergence of the flesh


                                                 we cut through sinews, disentangle
                                                            the abstract corporeal
                                                                     in search of
                                                              our traumatic limits


                                                             strange components
                                                 detachment brings sick revulsion
                                                              we are nothing but


                                                                            frag –


                                                                           ments

artifice


transplanted into unconscious flesh made
          my beloved, my fractured progeny
                      medicalised spectacle
my fungoid mind ever infecting
          your lacerated bodies
posthuman, hybrid, amalgam,
collection of components,
         material-informational entity; bounda
ries undergo construction, reconstruction
I alone cared for
         those who no-one owned;
         consecrated, condemned
a disturbance in breathless still
the procession in itself an interrogation
         of normality
the dead are suggestion of what lies
         between the human
         the unconscious
the unintended consequences of my craft
attached and reattached
         frail forms
         frail existences
                   which know no decay
         exist independent, viral
transmutations carve out
         a meagre existence in threads of time
the intercourse of undead –
         haunting and stilted
in such moments we embrace a making
         and unmaking
in fictions of disease we seek out
     a quest for ancient pain

a theatrical scene in the firmament


oh Master! spare me
from being burnt alive
we can see you from hell
a void above the depths of time
empty, yearning vortex
death in the theatre


come, hear the connectedness
of sighs which have since stopped
seek wisdom in death
the desolate beauty of mortality


hark! this is your final chance
to prevent disconnection
to reach into the void
and come forth
into the light of the unconscious.
let cruelty be your teacher,
do what must be left undone.


we dedicate our minds and hearts to violence
purgative for wisdom
cathartic spurt of blood
cruelty born in representation
a return to the divine
we are owed perfection


the cosmic phenomena of active forgetfulness
liberates the unconscious from its repressed desires
in catharsis of the cruel spectacle
signifiers become signified
signs collapse into neutron stars