The Blue Split Compartments

by Andrea Brady (Author)
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The Blue Split Compartments is a complex and powerful sequence of lyric poems exploring how the physically intimate relationships between military drone operators and their victims are mediated, not only through the technological interfaces of the screen and drone, but also through language and subjectivity. Drawing on chatroom logs, military policy manuals, pattern of life archives, and accounts by witnesses around the world, these poems document the consequences of the perpetual and 'everywhere war' conducted from remote airbases, where pilots in shipping containers surveil and destroy remote 'objects'. Brady's approach offers a sophisticated interplay of diction, rhetoric, syntax, positioning, allusion, and sonic quality that generates legible currents of meaning and orientation. Entire countries have been turned into 'open air prisons', where the buzzing of drones overhead induces profound trauma and changes to social life. These poems strafe a documentary history of drone warfare with personal memory, and reflections on the myths and mechanics of prosthetic violence, voyeurism, masculinity, and desire. The Blue Split Compartments is a bitter comedy in drone erotics, a devastating reach into the twisted soul of murderous techno-surveillance regimes, a linguistically virtuosic and deeply humane x-ray of the discursive and militaristic systems that join us in mutual dissolution.

The Blue Split Compartments is a complex and powerful sequence of lyric poems exploring the relationships between military drone operators and their victims. Drawing on chatroom logs, military policy manuals, pattern of life archives, and accounts by witnesses around the world, these poems document the consequences of the perpetual and 'everywhere war.' With its sophisticated interplay of diction, rhetoric, syntax, positioning, allusion, and sonic quality, this book offers a linguistically virtuosic and deeply humane x-ray of the discursive and militaristic systems that join us in mutual dissolution.

Excerpt from "Opened"

This is the box, frozen against hierarchy
at a value of some $10m, simply a form of being;

surgeon's box, patient's wound,
an idea of enclosure that can fit any medium.

The gaze is on the side of things.


The angel of evil could not have done that.

A child is in heaven. The box is empty,

saying nothing but "construction." It really is
like swatting flies; we can do it forever
easily and you feel nothing.

Format
EPUB
Protection
DRM Protected
Publication date
July 13, 2021
Publisher
Collection
Page count
104
ISBN
9780819580443
Paper ISBN
9780819580436
File size
3 MB

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