Thursday, January 18, 2007

#270: January 18, 2007

He walks down stairs composed of human beings
crouched on all fours, like dogs at his command,
and stretches out to you a taloned hand,
his bearing and composure like a king's;

All round about his head the colors shift--
the world is suddenly liquid and strange;
his thoughts entire geometries derange
and set all moral sanity adrift;

His cape a devil's wings, his eyebrow creased
with fury, his top hat an altar stone
whereon is sacrificed and stripped to bone
your remnant mind, awakening the beast--

So best sit back and just enjoy the show,
in this strange world of Zé do Caixão.


Sonnet Boy said...

If you don't know the cinema of José Mojica Marins...well, you should. :)

C said...

Oh- I thought you were talking about Christopher Carrion from the Abarat books ... oh well, time to go track down more movies ... : )

Sonnet Boy said...

You can get at least 3 of Marins' movies fairly reasonably on or ebay. I suggest starting with This Night I'll Possess Your Corpse, which is actually the second Coffin Joe movie, but is really the one that will tell you whether you need to see more or not. After that the first movie, At Midnight I'll Take Your Soul, plays well as a prequel.

Then, if you love Coffin Joe after those, you might almost be ready for the wonderful weirdness that is Awakening of the Beast...

Happy viewing! :)

And I hate to admit, but I haven't read the Abarat books. Guess I should...

Tenebrous Kate said...

Oh wow--this is spectacular! I *must* send this to a friend who's been working on a Coffin Joe book/documentary. This is doubtless the coolest thing I've read in a long time. Thank you for sharing these :)