- Dillon McKinsey
- Austin, TX
- United States
Executive Producer and Host, KOOP Radio, 91.7 FM
What are the consequences of the deconstruction of language on our capacity for meaningful civil speech?
For George Steiner
“Vacant metaphors, eroded figures of speech, inhabit our vocabulary and grammar."
George Steiner in Real Presences
Sunrise and sunset—
Lingual ghosts haunting hollow hearts
Subsisting on special effects
And loud music
As they romance the stone.
Once, the word was real
As was the animating force
That satiated hungry souls
When they were fed a poem.
Now the microwaved buffet of sound bites and rap
Is ours to nibble on.
We are afflicted with a new scurvy
On the mother ship.
And mutinous ignorance
And a willful disregard for life
In all its forms.
And all we can talk about
Is more civil discourse.
But the bit is gone
And our words have lost their power—
What shall we say to halt the pale horse?
February 8, 2011