Ancient Cinema

—thoughts on finishing Emily Wilson’s new translation of the Odyssey
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Odtyssey Suitors

Book 22 of The Odyssey
reads like the story line of The Punisher 

so we know that men have been bloodthirsty
at least since the Greeks sacked Troy

and that Homer rivals Hensleigh in imagery of hacked limbs 

and scarlet springs
………………………… almost 3000 years have not dulled our thirst 

for an aesthetic of pain. We can imagine Homer yakking with Tarantino 
of techniques depicting death and cruel dispatch over cups of sea-dark wine 
imagining clueless suitors mocking an 800 bc ISIS collapsed into the form 
of one Odysseus disguised by god Athena as a mendicant, an old beggar imagining
his tormentor’s imminent 
decapitations, amputations, punctures, skewers,
unconcerned of R ratings, 
happily scripting till bloody-fingered dawn rolls in
with crime scene cleaners 
to make the place habitable for the almost-civilized
who’ve slapped
good money down for admission to safe screen brutality
and spent small fortunes on popcorn and coke

Jim Culleny
1/26/18

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