Whether they were full of lies and exaggerations or not, Mead's adolescent sex in Samoa and Chagnon's fierce people of the Amazon definitely made anthropology popular. I wonder if these thematic schemes--sex and violence--so overused in Hollywood will work in marketing anthropology.
I'm now trying these thematic schemes in my writing, so I won't lose my interest in poetry.
How I Got Syphilis
I blamed hashish at first
when he suddenly paused
while I was struggling to reach
Then I thought it was absinthe
that made him think after we made love
that I was a pulsating slab
After he sliced off his ear,
I quit seeing him,
hoping he would seek help and stop staring
at the sky.
I refused his sunflowers
and written flirtations
and began sleeping with his friend
Sleeping with Buson
In front of him—
wearing a cotton loincloth—
then shied away.
sharp like his other blades—
before the white chrysanthemum.
Intriguing topic. Try this paper by Moises Lino: a smart reflection on the issues you are raising here M--
'Sex Vignettes from a Brazilian Favela'
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