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Add the smell of dogshit and broken sewers and I could almost be back in my kitchen in Monterrey.
As Chinua Achebe angrily suggested in a lecture on the relationship between art and society in the postcolonial world, the close connection between literature and politics in that world makes it clear that "art for art's sake is just another piece of deodorised dogshit.
But if one judges the film without the fashion, it is equally execrable, a disagreeable mess of dogshit and bedroom farce that a teenager would edit out of a home movie.
She's even agreed to let him add a porch for her (it's a design he'd like to try out, he says, just a prototype; of course it's free), agreed to let him clear the lot of car parts and dogshit and glass.
Amidst the unbelievable urban awfulness that the English excel at, a tangle of plastic signs and traffic cones, of trash and dogshit, vacant lots and kebab shops, an ugliness originating not from poverty, but from the slight edge of prosperity on poverty that makes discount furniture stores and Woolworths possible?
Now evaporating dew and sweet dogshit snap in the air like laundry and the green in everything is yellow.
I know two"--one a chemist's messenger and one who collects dogshit.
Grief has you by the hair with one And with the forceps of its other hand Uses your mouth to trowel the dogshit up; Watches you lift your arms to Heaven; and then Pounces and screws your nose into the filth.
Along the grey iced sidewalk revealed piles of dogshit, papers, bits of old clothing, are the human pledges, call them, "We are here and have been all the time.