EXPLICIT POETRY (nsfw)

In 1997 Fulvio Morsella wrote about sexually explicit poetry in his veiled autobiography “Trees.” Of the two examples he provided, one was by an Italian author, and was properly identified as such. The other was not, which has lead most critics to believe that it was by Morsella himself.

 

her finger all

the way down my cock

my face smells of

her

cunt

blood running down my leg creating flowers in the sheets

 

It is not, perhaps, a very refined poem. It seems unfinished, hesitant, unsure. And it also seems to have been included so that Morsella could then dissect some of the themes that obsessed him in the 90s. Literally making up an example, so as to be able to discuss, for several pages, the relationship between writing, sex and violence.

His discussion of this topic revolves around the idea of sex and violence as fragmenting discourse, and at the same time how writing fragments sexuality, dividing it into categories that can then be used to control the subject (in every sense of that word). What Morsella is trying to work through is the way analysis leads to naming and how that ties into control, and how can you possibly write in such a way as to not fall into that trap? He does this by letting his text work on different levels. One part of it is a fairly normal academic discussion of sexually explicit poetry and the difficulties it causes in the face of censorship. How do you even talk about what is not publicly admissible, such as sexually explicit art? How do you show the images, how do you “quote” it? And the irony here is then that this is not actually a quote. It is a poem written specifically for this text, and does not appear anywhere else. The poem exists so as to be able to discuss its themes, but that discussion is really just an excuse to write a sexually explicit poem.

— J Lundberg

 

 

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