Monday, August 6, 2012

Purple Words: Art & Money, God & Sex



Art & Money, God & Sex


“Art and Money, God and Sex”, the dripping crowd chants
No one knows how this relates to Fashion while Viktor
puts out the flaming gowns ignited by the runway candles.

He too has been changed transformed utterly:
a terrible beauty is born out of the claws of necessity
it was all rather a hellish collection of smoke and mirrors.

‘From Burning Bodies to Building Bridges: Improving the Image
of Crematoriums in Your Community’ was what the sign read,
Ironic wordage considering the fiery parade of materials and models.

“The worst thing, I’ve ever done?” he questions a critic’s query
“I won’t tell you that. But I’ll tell you the worst thing
that ever happened to me... the most dreadful thing.”

His dreadful thing had been the time when his star performer
had died on-stage in the worst possible way by Spontaneous
Human Combustion midway through her performance.

He had lost all the proceeds in the panic which ensued
he had to cover the damages to the stage, her funeral
as well as deal with the Police and Fire on top of it all.


---Purple Mark 07/21/2012





Purple Prompts:                                                                         

  1. From Burning Bodies to Building Bridges: Improving the Image of Crematoriums in Your Community.” Bill Richardson. Bachelor Brothers’ Bed & Breakfast Pillow Book. (A Wyatt Book for St. Martin’s Press, 1995) Page 41.
  2. What was the worst thing you’ve ever done? I won’t tell you that, but I’ll tell you the worst thing that ever happened to me...the most dreadful thing.” from Ghost Story by Peter Straub. How To Write Horror Fiction. (William E. Nolan Wrier’s Digest Books, 1990) Page 63.
  3. He, too, has been changed in his turn, transformed utterly: a terrible beauty is born.” W.B. Yeats. The Collected Poems Of W.B. Yeats. (Wordsworth Poetry Editions, 1994) Page 153.
  4. Art & Money, God & Sex,” the dripping crowd chants, having no idea how this relates to fashion. Then as the show begins, Viktor narrates the outfits. He keeps on cue while putting out the fires ignited by gowns meeting the flames of candles.” Michael Lane. Pink Highways: Tales of Queer Madness on the Open Road. (Birch Lane Press, 1995) Page 34.








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