Pissing the Passion to Poetry

One of the most lyrical moments of Sense8 was when Wolfgang is at the funeral procession and carries the casket of an unknown person. The reason why this scene is particularly lyrical is because of the intense emotion we see Wolfgang portrays after everyone has left the funeral ground. He actually proceeds to piss on the casket once it is in the hole. This scene reminds me of a poem by Sherman Alexie, “Postcards to Columbus.” Alexie writes, “Our flag with be a white sheet stained with blood and piss.” The two connect because a flag isn’t something to be desecrated and neither is a casket (actually both are crimes). It shows such anger and resentment that it is poetic. It seems to me that even the most horrible of things can be seen as lyrical. The opening scene of Angelica killing herself is also very lyrical. The intense emotion that she shares with Jonas right before she commits suicide is so magical. She begs him to leave before she can pull the trigger. From that instance we know her love for Jonas goes far beyond just a crush. We also get the sense that Angelica was compelled to do this because Jonas allows her to kill herself. The final part of this episode that was the most passionate and lyrical is when we see Riley succumb to drugs. This scene is the most lyrical of all because she is reluctant at first to take a hit from the pipe, but then overcome with sadness she does it. She finds no other means of escaping her inner demons then to dope up….Now that’s what I call passion and lyricism.



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  1.   Jason Tougaw on September 8th, 2016

    Leave it to the Wachowskis to make pissing feel lyrical! Actually, that seems like something Donne could also pull off.

    Interesting to think about the fact that we hear the piss, but don’t see it. On the one hand, that tames the image. The conventions of film and TV tell us it’s one thing to hear a person urinating and another to see it. On the other hand, the use of sound is the lyrical–musical?–choice.

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