Each mangrove sapling / Serpentlike
, its roots obscene / As a six-fingered hand, / Conceals within its clutch the mossbacked toad, / Toadstools, the potent ginger-lilly,/ Petals of blood, / The speckled vulva of the tiger-orchid; / Outlandish phalloi / Haunting the travellers of its one road.
form was borderline hokey, something you might find in a puppet theater or at a child's birthday party.
The substance, sentence structure, style, and prose are remarkably similar in the following sex scene between Bulosan's Dante and Mameng from The Cry and the Dedication: "Then, suddenly, roaring worlds below the infernal grinding now, where everything was shaking and thundering, and clamoring for life to remake itself in a frantic second of calling for help, calling, calling, calling until a serpentlike
lightning from an unknown horizon burst frighteningly, until that fearful flight of terrible light was followed by a deafening thunderclap from underneath it, as though the whole world were blown to pieces and scattered in a bottomless cavern no one knew--no one would ever know--and there was the earth again .
"writhing weeds" are like Medusa's tentacles or snake hair, poised to embrace and draw one down, into the depths of the waters.
From the idiosyncractic La Pedrera to the fantasia-like Sagrada Familia church, with its kaleidoscope of towers, gargoyles and serpentlike
Action sequences are orchestrated with gusto, including the crash-landing of a helicopter in a river full of deadly, serpentlike
These enormous children of Gaia had, among other things, long, serpentlike
Shaw isn't the only template in a script that reaches much further back: Adam and Evelyn are an Adam and Eve for our time, a fact italicized by the serpentlike
Evelyn taking a portentous chomp out of an apple.
At this point, it is interesting to look at several sentences in Deren's description of Damballah's serpentlike
, primordial behavior that are omitted from Wideman's citation:
Chewing, sometimes spitting, her eyes half-closed, she wove her arms about, serpentlike
, and, by pressing her palms together above her brow, formed the outline of a mosque dome, in which her head smoothly slid from side to side.
A dance of men, cheered by a long meal, would seem to present nothing very interesting to see; however, the harmony of five or six hundred men in uniform, holding one another by the hand and forming a long ribbon which wound around, serpentlike
, in cadence and without confusion, with countless turns and returns, countless sorts of figured evolutions, the excellence of the tunes which animated them, the sound of the drums, the glare of the torches, a certain military pomp in the midst of pleasure, all this created a very lively sensation that could not be experienced coldly.