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The emptiness is so intense, that anything

which enters it leaves a trace, something of it remains

in space: in the silence, in the whiteness,

nothingness becomes peopled, too.”

Marie Darrieussecq, White 


The paranoid great movie queen

Sits idly fully armed

The powder and mascara there

A warning light for charm

We see her every movie night

The strong against the weak

The lines come out and struggle with

The empty voice that speaks

Her heart is oh so tired now

Of kindnesses gone by

Like broken glasses in a drain

Gone down but not well spent

The road from barbary to here

She sold then stole right back

The vanity, insanity her hungry heart forgave

The fading bride’s dull beauty grows

Just begging to be seen

Beneath the magic lights that reach from

Barbary to here

Her schoolhouse mind has windows now

Where handsome creatures come to watch

The anaesthetic wearing off

Antarctica starts here



(…) The failure of Anglo-American Antarctic exploration history to be read as a territorial extension of South America or of the southern hemisphere more generally demonstrates imperialism’s ability to reconstruct space and time by connecting distant places and fragmenting formerly coherent territories, while it also points up the failure of imperialism to structure knowledge of the last continent into other than a Eurocentric map”

Antarctica as a cultural critique – The Gendered Politics of Scientific Exploration and Climate Change”, Elena Glasberg, 2012