Watts–We Cut Faces

13 Sep

Down slowly, from the left sideburn to the jawline with a dull, rusty blade. Watts holds the instrument in his right hand, so he comes across the face obliquely. The edge cuts into the skin and leaves thin trails of blood which seem to multiply, then merge into one thick line. The crimson fluid runs down the face lazily following the cutting machine. Now up against the grain, to the cheekbone. He cuts more channels into the skin. And back down. He goes like this across the entire face, mowing epidermis from left to right, until he looks like some horribly wounded man without a sense of pain. The tricky part is underneath the jaw, on the chin, just above the Adam’s apple. There, the machine scrapes the larynx and Watts takes a breath as the blade peels off a layer of pink tissue and drags it along to the bottom of the neck. Watts runs the machine under cold water and the integument spins around the sink before it disappears into the drain. Then he runs his tongue over the molars and feels a small appendage rising from the back right of his jaw. He opens his mouth and looks in the mirror. A small, green weed has broken through the surface of the tooth. He runs his tongue over it again and tries to snap it off. It’s elastic–almost seems to be made of rubber–and it just bends and snaps back. Watts takes a piece of floss and starts digging a channel into the gum, along the molar. He cuts into the flesh with the waxy string, creating an abscess which later will be filled with puss surrounding the inflamed tissue. He extracts the tooth with a pair of pliers and throws the bloody bone into the toilet. Then he rinses his mouth with whisky.


3 Responses to “Watts–We Cut Faces”

  1. Anonymous 14/09/2007 at 1:10 AM #

    eewww!!! very graphic. i couldn’t help it. i had to keep reading till the end. now that was a painful ending…and beginning and middle…!

    shazam! this is surreal self torture at it’s…”finest”

    you’re a twisted mofo sometimes, lx. and that’s why i keep coming back. i like not knowing what i will find here, oozing from your grey matter.

    i’m liking the new format too.


    actually, after writing this, i’m wondering if there is some symbolism here that i’m missing in this piece. or is it a dream, maybe?

  2. Wally Banners 14/09/2007 at 9:10 AM #

    very cool :)

  3. Lx 14/09/2007 at 12:43 PM #

    hey eh, glad you’re still reading after this one.
    yes, sometimes weird stuff goes through the brain at 2 a.m.
    sure, there’s symbolism, but there doesn’t need to be.
    it could be whatever you want it to be.

    wally, thanks.

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