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Preemptive Apocalyptic Thought: The Angel of History Reconsidered in Light of Climate Change, the War on Terror, and the Discovery of the ‘Gay’ Gene (with Apologies to Michael Taussig)

Olive at Dawn, September 30, 2009

Olive at Dawn, September 30, 2009

The Dresden Duke and Duchess curtsy on their ossified legs
Fearful that a dance, a glance, a whisper, will forever change their
Perfection.

Accompanied by a duet of silent music, a violinist, a pianist, they
Grace the mantle, their smiles, their pleasure a rictus of Protestant
Disapproval.

Glistening in the leafy light, bone, earth, water float in pastel
Clouds of pinpoint lace; hardened, nurtured by fresh hands after the
Firestorm.

Would it not be ordained, the progress of life, evolution, these changes Swirling barefoot, orgasmic, and immutable?  Inevitable, that push that Toppled the Duke and shook the Duchess.

Fuller in gaslight, Duncan at the Parthenon, Nijinsky one afternoon,
Graham wrapped in fabric, a living Cubist sculpture; all
Nature.

A hand from heaven gently rights the Duke, erasing his
Fall. Coolly, dispassionately contemplating his frippery, his finery, his
Emasculation.

A reliquary, whose bones? Neither saint nor martyr. If they had known,
Would they have loved as deeply? Or would they have changed their
Minds?

If they had had no choice, if they had had no knowledge to craft,
Create a perfect copy of their sharp embrace. Not a waltz or minuet but
Modern.


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