Tenderness of Wolves
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“Tenderness of Wolves”
Scatology (1984)

Was all in vain or did you cry?
No need to ask, my tears have run dry
This is the end of my pity, I await to die

You now the living, me now the dead
You now the living, me now the dead

To prove that you loved me
Mere words could not have said
Biting into skin, into flesh, into me
Taking all you could
Oh, I’d still give you blood
Just to paint your lips, if you wish them red
My desires, your kiss completed
But only now I can see vicious joy
When you took delight
Behind each kiss, your poison bite
And when my all was given and you had taken
Oh dog-like Judas, you did disappear

Was all in vain or did you cry?
No need to ask

You now the living, me now the dead
You now the living, me now the dead
Down Where the Asparagus Grows
“The Little Review: A Magazine of the Arts―Making No Compromise with the Public Taste,” Vol. 4, No. 11, March 1918.A letter from Ezra Pound to James Joyce, March 1918. Pound, then an editor for the New York magazine The Little Review, had arranged to serialize Joyce’s Ulysses; he feared its more scatological parts would result... Read More »
By Dan Piepenbring

A letter from Ezra Pound to James Joyce.

Kara Walker, “World Exposition” (detail) (1997): “Scatology is prominent in Walker’s tableaux—recall that in The End of Uncle Tom, feces marks the lone child’s path, fixing our attention on Eva’s frustrated pursuit of diabolical vengeance. Accordingly, Slavery, Slavery! includes two piles of feces, to the right of which a woman is bent by the stench. To explain its function here, [Robert] Hobbs invokes the ‘black hole’ Walker mentioned earlier. 'The equivalent of the black hole and abjection are the piles of dung,’ Hobbes writes; 'the dung signifies the hollowness that attends the rejection of one’s current subjectivity.’"—Darby English, "A New Context for Reconstruction” in How to See a Work of Art in Total Darkness. Cambridge: The MIT Press, 2007. p. 93.

Did you know that there’s a branch of science devoted to the study of poop? Scatology is the study of feces or poop. Scientists can learn about the animal’s diet, health, DNA and behavior by studying their poop. The scientific word for poop that has been fossilized is “Coprolites.”

The oldest known human poop or “coprolite” in North America was discovered in Oregon’s Paisley Cave. The fossilized poop is about 14,000 years old and contains squirrel bones, bison hair, fish scales, sunflowers and protein from birds and dogs. This means that the person probably ate squirrel, bison, fish, sunflowers, birds and dogs.