Prelim Revision. Short stories: Hieroglyphics, A Chitterin Bite, If I Quench Thee. Poems: Brooklyn Cop In the Snack Bar Valentine War Photographer. Int 2 and Higher: 1 critical essay on a poem and one on a short story. Int 1: 1 critical essay. Poetry.
A Chitterin Bite,
If I Quench Thee.
In the Snack Bar
Int 1: 1 critical essay.
Photographer returns home to develop his photos. He struggles to forget what he has seen. After handing in his photos, he is off to another job.
Set in 70’s or 80’s but still relevant.
3rd person omniscient. Access to photographer’s thoughts, makes us relate.
Anonymous. Shows us the kind of character needed to do the job. Observes and records people’s lives. He moves between two worlds. His hands tremble as he struggles with emotions now. When doing the job he is devoid of emotion, just a “job”.
In his darkroom he is finally alone
with spools of suffering set out in ordered rows.
The only light is red and softly glows,
as though this is a church and he
a priest preparing to intone a Mass.
Belfast. Beirut. Phnom Phenh. All flesh is grass.
“nightmare heat”: literal meaning but also idea of being haunted by dreams.
Red – blood, anger, hatred, war.
Darkroom - Black – darkness, death.
Religious – Mass, biblical reference, photographer as priest.
Black and white – good vs. evil