Sunday, 13 July 2014

The Rebirth Of Tragedy

Sexual Personae
Camille Paglia
Penguin Books Ltd,
1992

Review by Rory A.A. Hinton

"She's mad but she's magic." (Charles Bukowski)

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"Apollo is the Western eye victorious."  (Camille Paglia)

She spoke fear
Fearlessly leaving
Nothing beneath,
Between nor behind
Her past lives.
Mother, father
Husband, friend:
Abused, abandoned
Adultery, assaulted.

He heard all
Always every word
Howled heretofore,
For there is no lie in her
Dionysian fire.
Dickinson swallow
Flying south:
Nesting your verse
A live universe.

She sat ruling
Rulers measured
Upper and lower,
Mistress lady
Of all womb men.
Black eyes closed
Tenderness exposed:
Smiting her enemies
Captive audience.

He lied still
Stilling her lion
Sphinx immovable,
Presents her
Apollonian ice.
His eye shadows
Eye-lined Nefertiti:
Connoisseur of her
Counterintuitiveness.

Sources
Camille Paglia. Sex, Art, And American Culture. TVO. 2010.
Camille Paglia. Sexual Personae: Art And Decadence From Nefertiti To Emily Dickinson. Penguin Books Ltd. 1992.
Charles Bukowski. Women: A Novel. Ecco. 2007.
Friedrich Nietzsche. The Birth Of Tragedy. Dover Publications. 1995