The Gestalt’s Gyrification

The Gyrification of Violence

Clint Smith

Carrels without a care of caress …and
 “A carousel of teachers covered the room in shifts.”

A significant work, I sense, quite short, yet overpowering my synapses with its implications at what lies behind gestalt real-time reviewing. Overpowering me to such an extent that it impassions further the reading moment and my faithless faith in fiction to a level not felt before. Yet, am I compos-mentis enough to recommend this work willy-nilly? It depicts a narrator who ratiocinates his own creativity in interface with confrontations at school, with a teacher Mr Roach (“his elbow-patched blazers”) who destroys the narrator’s art drawings being created in the carrels of detention and the narrator’s fisticuffs with a gangly fellow student, Cory Price, in the lunch queue. Both Roach and Price achieve their own evil destinies, he later discovers. But whose guilty face does he recall most? How blurred is the borderline between creativity and mental illness? What palliative caress can I expect from agonising over this?… “…decoding connections that […] ‘normal’ people can’t see. ‘Having too many ideas can be dangerous…’ […] ‘Part of what comes with seeing connections no one else sees is that not all these connections actually exist.’”


Art image by Tony Lovell for ’Busy Blood’

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