skin

Thought of a sky buried beneath the wound
Cracks like the sail of a battleship, against the candied scab
Of all that aches for more than shore,
But there is no deeper meaning to suffering.
Babies born in feathered wombs struck with the wings of frost
That follow down every seedy motel bedroom
Until they find a way inside and hunger fingers for the taste
Of salt and sea.
Lungs of fish-bones and orange rind, trees tear through the tide
Of breathless bodies, arise
In shells scattered across beaches blunt bruised by battered blue whales,
Reaching for air across currents and countries moving the world
To deathly dance with fury and replaced
Faith with drowning faith.
But home is in our fingernails, buried in unfinished sabbath dinner
Curved in the shadow that lines two hands sewn
In anguish and love.
The mind is coffin for those whose funerals are scarce,
Heaved beyond the clumsy synapses of stubborn memory.
There is no deeper meaning to suffering
But our wounds are only as deep as skin.

Political Correctness: An Ideological Polemic

Let me begin with an incision into one of my favourite TV shows simply to assure myself of my impartiality or lack thereof. I still believe, even at the end of my reading of the ideology that operates within the bounds of the cultural production and its relation to political correctness, that Scrubs remains one of my favourite TV shows simply for thematic and  formal reasons. The problem for Scrubs, in the first decade of the new millennium, was that it had to come to terms with the increasing social pressures of diversity mediated through production houses and a form of comedy that is, in its accents and style, a product of a dominantly white industry. My argument is that even when Scrubs successfully navigates through these ideological oppositions (in fact, especially when it does) it fails to attain that elusive tag of cultural multiplicity for me even as we fallaciously attach it to certain TV shows in the current decade. It is all the more troubling that cultural representation in American Television has not really received the impetus we think it has in the last seventeen years. Continue reading “Political Correctness: An Ideological Polemic”

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