Hot Metal Bridge

Current Issue : Number Twenty-Five

Forensics

BY BENJAMIN ALDES WURGAFT

(after Cornelia Parker’s Hanging Fire (suspected arson) )

What no-one in town will admit
about house fires, is that
In their wrack and warp they break
the laws you wouldn’t suspect: gravity, for one,
beauty, for another,
as the broad beam gives up the proverbial ghost
and its wreck takes on a blackened grace.



Benjamin Aldes Wurgaft currently teaches at the University of California-Berkeley, where he received his Ph.D. in European Intellectual History in 2009. His essays on food and contemporary culture have been published widely in magazines and journals such as Gastronomica, Meatpaper and many others. His academic work focuses on the history of continental philosophy, critical theory and public intellectual life.