Thyrza Nichols Goodeve
on Leon Golub
84 synonyms for ‘scrape’
“He’s got the whole set.”
every joint and muscle
as war crime.
history as atrocity
accretion across a flat plane.
He cuts the torturer’s feet
at the bottom edge
You could say
the painter’s canvas is a third degree burn
It’s a peculiar apparatusi
portraits made of cut razor inscriptions
in the folds of chalk skin
paint the color of dried blood
there’s even a scab hanging on the wall —
abstraction is a bloodbath
But if I were to really write an essay
it’s as simple as
a list of synonyms for “scrape”
scratched with a scalpel
(instead of a meat cleaver)
in Golub’s handwriting.
And it would go something like this:
- Franz Kafka, In The Penal Colony (1919)
- “Scrape” selected synonym list, Moby Thesaurus
ContributorThyrza Nichols Goodeve
THYRZA NICHOLS GOODEVE is the Senior Art Editor for the Brooklyn Rail.