ANOTHER ATROCITY

 

The Helicopters are Burning. (9) her weak ankles in the soft ash; Psychotic patients showed a preference for facial and neck wounds. It soared overhead, the down-draught from its blades whipping his tie across his eyes. Time-zones: Ralph Nader, Claude Eatherly, Abraham Zapruder. Patients were asked to fill in the missing areas. Travers stared at the young woman's face, excited by these images of her postures and musculature and the fantasies of violence he had seen in the imaginary newsreels.

The Water World. The cars lay together at the centre of the collision corridor, the last steam and smoke lifting from their cabins. The attempt to break into the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier on Good Friday, 197-, first assumed to be the act of some criminal psychopath, later led to inquiries of a very different character. Several hundred pass by, vanishing into the haze over the Queen Mary Reservoir, Staines, like a procession of marine deities. Dr Nathan paused in the doorway of the lecture theatre, debating whether to end this unique but unsavoury experiment. He turned his head on the pillow, following the white flex of a power cable as it angled its way around the bedroom door. As Margaret Trabert hesitated among the passengers in the crowded departure building, Dr Nathan stepped behind her.

Imaginary Perversions. Talbot followed the concrete beach. In his mind World War III represents the final self-destruction and imbalance of an asymmetric world. An enormous photograph of Jacqueline Kennedy had appeared in the empty rectangle of the screen. Even now, as he waved to Karen and Travers, his eyes were set in a canny appraisal of her hoped-for wound areas. Yet these designs were more than enormous replicas. 'Any great human tragedy -- Vietnam, let us say -- can be considered experimentally as a larger model of a mental crisis mimetized in faulty stair angles or skin junctions, breakdowns in the perception of environment and consciousness.