Broken

"Broken" is "a poem constructed around an erotic scenario between two recurring characters in Sondheim's writing: Nikuko 'a Russian ballet dancer' and Dr. Leopold Konninger. From the loading frame in this Flash piece, we are provided a point of view as if we're the computer and are about to enter Sondheim's imagination, and the audio doesn't set this up as a comforting prospect. The poem seems to be designed to disturb as images of fragmented, objectified human beings gaze at one from positions of powerlessness and empowerment. Nikuko herself is portrayed as a kind of geisha dominatrix, particularly when juxtaposed with Dr. Konninger's post-coital supine body. Subsequent images of a pile of heads and body parts and phrases like 'carnage and extasy' create an unsettling mix of death and 'la petit mort.'" -- From I Love E-Poetry

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The Iowa Review Web

Published in 2000 by The Iowa Review Web in Volume 2.

This copy was given to the Electronic Literature Lab by Lynne Nugent at the Iowa Review in Summer 2016. Copy media format: web.

PUBLICATION TYPE

Journal

ORIGINAL URL

http://iowareview.uiowa.edu/TIRW/tirweb/hypermedia/sondheim_smylie/broken1.swf

Cauldron & Net

Published in 2000 by Cauldron & Net in Volume 2.

Claire Dinsmore gave this copy of the work to the Electronic Literature Lab in Spring 2019. Copy Media Format: Web.

PUBLICATION TYPE

Journal

ORIGINAL URL

http://www.studiocleo.com/cauldron/volume2/confluence/bsmylieandasondheim/broken.html