Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Saturation

  1. "It’s amazing that I always chop onion this way
    and never cut myse—OUCH! DAMMIT!"

    A red little mouth on my middle finger,
    thin and deep, and it sings. I stifle it
    with bunched tissue like a chloroform rag
    but now there are splatters of crimson chorus
    wet on the ears of the witness-fingers
    and a muffled melody is seeping through
    with steadily pulsing percussion.


  2. PARIS AND NICOLE CATFIGHT, PULL HAIR VICTORIA BECKHAM BALLOONS UP TO 125LBS JEN AND ANGELINA ESCAPE TO CARIBBEAN TOGETHER ADAM LAMBERT CONTRACTS SYPHILIS FROM ON-STAGE SIMULATED ORAL SEX RACHEL RAY CHALLENGES MARTHA STEWART TO COOK-OFF KANYE WEST CLIMBS ON STAGE AND SAYS SOMETHING MEAN TYRA BANKS TO TAKE OVER FOR OPRAH PENELOPE CRUZ BUYS UPPER LIP DANIELLE RADCLIFFE ATTACKS ROBERT PATTISON PEREZ AND PARIS ACTUALLY SAME HILTON STYLISTS ON STRIKE: FRIZZY HAIR PLAGUES L.A. MICHELLE OBAMA PICKS NOSE AMY WINEHOUSE SNORTS SALT BY MISTAKE JUSTIN BIEBER COMMANDS ARMY OF TWEEN GIRLS KEITH RICHARDS NOW ACTUALLY CORPSE FASHION POLICE ARREST PAULA ABDUL JOHN AND KATE REUNITE, SELL CHILDREN

  3. Beneath concrete buildings and clouded skies, strangers:
    somber, smoky-eyed girl in grey dress shirts,
    dusty old biddies with silver hair and drab sweaters,
    men of chiseled stone in charcoal overcoats, distinguished
    salt-and-pepper locks, iron in their gaze,
    leading leaden lives.

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Photo by Roke



        This poem explores three types of saturation, the second obviously being media saturation. So now I'm going to ask the age-old question about celebrities: Why, as a society, are we so obsessed with people we don't know and will likely never even meet?

3 comments:

Dorkmaster Flek said...

Because we're stupid! Well, that's the best excuse I can think of. :P The second poem is hilarious. :)

dogimo said...

Funny funny! I completely misread the second one (eyes skipped over a line), and thought it was RACHEL RAY CHALLENGES MARTHA STEWART TO SOMETHING MEAN.

I've noticed that the people who most obsess over celebrities are often the same ones most prone to gossip about the people in their daily life. I'd guess that people obsess over celebrities for the same reason they obsess over people they know - minus the natural limitations. After all, there is a limited pool of mutual acquaintances within which the gossip-minded can meaningfully dish. But the saturation familiarity of celebrities exponentially multiplies gossip opportunities for those who love to dish. Suddenly even complete strangers have a shared pantheon of mutual acquaintances to talk about!

That's just a theory, mind you. And the first sentence - total lie, I've noticed no such thing. Could be factual, but I'm not observant enough to have noticed it. I just needed a good opening premise, so I worked backwards.

Mary said...

Yeah, the media and the whole celebrity world is so out of control these days. I'm still not entirely sure what it is... however maybe because they are in the spotlight, people know a lot about them, they're usually attractive and have some talent or admirable quality about them... so people become fans and begin to feel like they know them. That's when they start to get obsessed with everything little thing about someone's life...

It is sad though. There needs to be some sort of Papparazzi law put into place. Because all these celebrities are getting in trouble for running them over with their cars, or breaking their cameras. Well you know what Papparazzi, if you don't get out of the way of a moving vehicle that's your problem. If you take pictures of someone who says "please do not take my picture", then you deserve a broken arm... they are scum. Anyway, we can only hope that in the near future people realize that these celebrity magazines, websites and tv shows are just a collossal waste of time and the craze will be over......