blackbirdonline journalSpring 2010  Vol. 9  No. 1
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Billy Cioffi, guitar; Alex Ducamp, tabla; Electric Lotus Music; engineered by Olivier Zahm.

Plumed gods have their own agendas, and fly where they will at whatever
      speed they choose, being gods, being plumed, and strike the earthly air
as they choose, being choosers and not the chosen; but choosing can be
      their weakness, the chink in the godly adamantine, not quite so open
as the term “Achilles’ heel” connotes—demigods being oddball hybrids—but
      real enough. And so when this god, pimped out in his serpent form—

for the benefit, one supposes, of the masses—chose to turn and see:
      not to treat the human world as a slum of mortality, beneath his notice
but actually to look, it was his undoing; and what did the priest
      on his pyramid offer that so distracted an Eternal? The usual: a sacrifice,
but one so exquisite that even the cruel god was dazzled: on the altar
      above its pit of acidic flame a single butterfly, glamoured, etherized,

then meticulously dismembered, as the rapt god watched, with a knife
      of priestly obsidian itself shaped like a butterfly, the priest wielding
not only the knife but a lifetime of disciplined skill, and love for the god,
      and love for the butterfly, and a body odor so acrid
it made the priestly donkeys and all the gathered virgins retch—
      but gods are beyond that, their contempt for humankind is so refined

that anything of the body escapes them, which is what the priest knew
      as he carved his monarch’s wings in a series of hierophantic gestures
that appeared to be an efficacious magic of indeterminate kind—so the god
      thought, for gods always think that way—but in fact were nothing
but a signal to his hidden assistants: and so when the trap was sprung
      the god was disempowered by a godly wonder of his own devising

and was turned, on a plinth of quartz, in one shrewd human stroke,
      into this stone being you see before you now, my children, one eye still
gazing at the deconstructed butterfly which now is millennia turned
      to dust, and the other eye, a perfect study in godly outrage, still fixed
on your hungry hearts, my children, hating each of you with a godly passion,
            and waiting, waiting forever if necessary, for that hatred’s unveiling.  end

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