Academic journal article Cultural Studies Review

Why Salo Is Banned in Australia

Academic journal article Cultural Studies Review

Why Salo Is Banned in Australia

Article excerpt

1

Two men, their compelling flesh, close-pressed and driving

hard. And the fascist Judge kisses, fucks and is fucked

by the oldest of the boys, in all the equality of lust now a man,

on top, perhaps in love, and certainly desiring

to pleasure the source of law by coming inside it: in Salo.

For Solo is a work of freedom and love: a repressed dream.

A voice off-screen lovingly recites Canto IXC over the

following and final scene while the Judge, outside now, and in day

proceeds to cut out the eyeballs of his victims, to drip blood on

their alabaster flesh slowly, and not block his ears

to their extreme cries of pain beyond the reach of mercy,

staining each line of Pound's text with dream as memory

sees through the poem, the torture, the dark night fuck

in the previous scene, as children die, as credits roll.

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What would happen if you breathed?

a hidden lung a word swallowed

a bird in the throat got your tongue

for one of its young

a look of divorce in your eyes

3 Lucia di Maribyrnong

Father let me leave this house

sings/sighs the daughter from her fortress,

her eyes on the workman here to fence her in.

Audience bored, chatter, twitter, fat man sleeps

The opera's not begun till the fat man sleeps to the end. …

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