João Luís Bar­reto Guimarães

Stat­ues Miss­ing Chunks

The London Magazine - - NEWS - Trans­lated from the Por­tuguese by Calvin Olsen

In the Ro­man Art wing of who-knows-which mu­seum an­cient tor­sos are on ex­hibit some of which are miss­ing chunks. Time was metic­u­lous in choos­ing what to carry off (the first parts to fall var­ied ac­cord­ing to gen­der: there are Three Graces with­out heads a penis­less Phoe­bus) surely there must be some place anatomy abounds for here it’s left want­ing— mar­ble-carved heads charm­ing (al­beit ane­mia bleached) sundry tor­so­less phalli (for­lorn and with­out use) shall we all thank the gods for the gift of imag­i­na­tion per­mit­ting us to re­con­fig­ure through dis­fig­u­ra­tion. That’s not a dif­fi­cult ex­er­cise. This was no di­vine sanc­tion. These didn´t break with use.

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