“They saw their injured country's woe;
The flaming town, the wasted field;
Then rushed to meet the insulting foe;
They took the spear, - but left the shield.”
"dividual"—a physically embodied human subject that is endlessly divisible and reducible to data representations via the modern technologies of control, like computer-based systems.
______ A Femme Fatale Reformed _______Her comments were really quite ane,Though her morals were known to maculate.She was sipid and sidious and saneBut mune to the comments quite draculateWhich trilled that her conduct was peccable.She thought her behavior quite feriorBut flagrante delicto is wreckableE'en to those who believe they are superior.For a time this domitable daughterInsisted on staying cognitoHer hibitions flowed freely as waterFrom Montauk to Sausoleto.The results of this all were too effableHer friends forgot she was aneThey thought she was merely laughableWhich caused her considerable pain."Enough of this!" she said one nightTHe future still is evitableI haven't yet begun to fightTo prove I'm not a vegetableSo petuously did this dam-ned dameSet out in search of iquityTo make her imical once againFor righteous ubiquityNow that she's become dolent, they're dignant.She's just a dividual now,But free from the scarlet pigment That once stained her ferior brow.~ FreeThinke (1963)
Mr. Lidner, the artist, is very clever, but he certainly owes an awful lot to Picasso, doesn't he?
I'm not a fan. I chose his work to illustrate this piece because it best illustrates the nature of the animated partial object... of man reduced to mere parts and a life reflective of that division.... and not of a sum greater than all of its' parts as may have been the case in ages past.
ps - I love what you did to the neutered prefixes, above. :)
erratum - "Neutering" above
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