Indeed, throughout the course of "Solitary and Wild," Fitzpatrick deftly unstitches
Louis's "finely embroidered autobiographical writings" to illustrate how the poet has woven a compelling, if skewed, portrait of his father, which was driven in part by a desire for personal reconciliation, what Fitzpatrick convincingly proves is that MacNeice's father was not in fact the Home Ruler his son portrayed him to be, but a politically more nuanced and guarded figure who, in later life, reinterpreted parts of his earlier career in order to pursue a more intercommunal, irenic approach to the social and religious difficulties in the troubled North of Ireland.
If this tetric virginity Cannot remove its psalms from the heart then there prevails no peace at all for she who unstitches
, night and day, trite things from the lips.
Acrobat falling into a net of ash, in the flames her mouth drips wax, her eyebrows peel off, her sex unstitches
its tiny mirrors.
Even the movie's sophisticated self-reflexivity--the way it gleefully unstitches
the fantasmic seamlessness of the cinematic apparatus--is casually brushed off, for in this almost exclusively class-based reading, The Wizard of Oz simply mystifies the hegemonic power relations of industrial capitalism.
You've seen for yourself how when I walk without a bra my tits sort of dawdle one pace behind the body, how my fingers, when not alert, go each their separate way; and besides, I'm a woman with a pitchfork who unstitches
all your similes back to life.