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Poems Find and share the perfect poems. Derrick Poem The Lost World. But I have held a boy on my back before. They press hip to hip, each breathless as a boy carrying a friend on his back. The foot swelling green as the sewage in that creek. We never went back. But I remember his weight better than I remember my first kiss. These men know something I used to know.

Terrance Hayes My name could be Lamont. Follow your nose , he says. But I have no nose, no mouth, so you tell me what's good, what's god, what's funky. When I stop by McDonalds for a cheeseburger, no one suspects what I am. I smile at Ronald's poster, perpetual grin behind the pissed-off, fly-girl cashier I love. Where are my goddamn fries?

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Ain't I American? I never say, Niggaz in my poems.

My ancestors didn't emigrate. Why would anyone leave their native land?


I'm thinking about shooting some hoop later on. I'll dunk on everyone of those niggaz. They have no idea what I am. I might be the next Jordan god. They don't know if Toni Morrison is a woman or a man.

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Michael Jackson is the biggest name in showbiz. Mamma se Mamma sa mamma ku sa , sang the Bushmen in Africa. He says, Fuck them white people at work, Man. He was an All-American in high school. Fred tells Lamont. Shafro Now that my afro's as big as Shaft's I feel a little better about myself. How it warms my bullet-head in Winter, black halo, frizzy hat of hair. The question answers itself: for adventure, you have to go somewhere else , out there, over the horizon. A quest involves travel. To be a hero, you need to leave home to make discoveries; you need to go somewhere else to conquer and kill.

This leaves the contemporary adventure writer with something of a problem. The era of colonial conquest is fading into the past. Even back then, colonial adventure was starting to be an exercise in nostalgia. Conan Doyle solved this problem in an ingenious manner. The Lost World locates adventure far away, in that staple of colonial fiction, the Amazonian rain forest. But it also sends its adventurers, led by the irascible scientist Professor Challenger, into the past. The Lost World is one of the first famous examples of dinosaur fiction.

Professor Challenger and his band make their way to a forgotten plateau, where giant saurians roam the earth side-by-side with prehistoric fauna and atavistic ape-men. The map of the world is getting filled in, so Conan Doyle simply imagines himself into a past when there was more room to roam and conquer. Like Conan Doyle, the Jurassic Park films are nostalgic for an adventurous past. Jurassic Park reaches back in time to bring that nostalgic primitive other to your door.

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  • But The Lost World neatly captures an implicit colonial conviction that the farther you traveled from England, the further into the past you went. To travel across the globe was indeed to travel into the past. You just needed to grab a rifle, pack some supplies, and get on a boat. Europeans in the early 20th century believed that the colonies were prehistoric holdovers.

    Conan Doyle just populated that prehistoric landscape with stegosaurs and pterodactyls. The explorers even find, inevitably, prehistoric ape-men whom they cheerfully exterminate and enslave. Humans conquer the past and impose modern order in a genocidal orgy of progress. Crichton does not have his adventurers go out to a Brazilian plateau to discover a lost world of dinosaurs.

    Instead, his great lizards are created by advanced technology. Scientists clone Tyrannosaurus and Velociraptor to serve as theme park attractions. The dinosaur theme park is located in an island off Costa Rica, which means that American visitors are still, like Challenger, traveling to a tropical locale to find their dinosaurs.

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    Moreover, the films, overseen by Steven Spielberg, include visual references to colonialism. Robert Muldoon Bob Peck , the big game hunter whose task it is to corral the dinosaurs in the first movie , spends most of his screentime in a rugged cowboy hat, reminiscent of that other great Spielberg colonial adventurer, Indiana Jones.

    The second film, The Lost World: Jurassic Park opens with a family on vacation on a tropical beach. Spielberg, directing, gives the sequence a period twist. The family in the film is wealthy and British, with numerous servants feeding them wine and prawns. The retro imperial self-satisfaction is interrupted, inevitably, by retro monstrosities.

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    The six-foot tall, pack-hunting Velociraptors are presented in book and movie series as intelligent and crafty opponents, who use the Central American landscape to their advantage. Virtually every one of the four films features scenes that could come out of a Vietnam war movie, in which men creeping through the alien jungle are attacked from cover by the primitive natives. In Jurassic World , a genetically engineered dinosaur actually has camouflage abilities; in one scene it emerges from the foliage much like Stallone does in Rambo: First Blood