Evening Will Come: A Monthly Journal of Poetics (Issue 20, August 2012)

Soldiers, sex, and money: things toward which an allegorical imagination inclines as it grasps a form wherein a plenitude of meaning value coincides with its own liquidation. Nature hardens in the money form whore’s make-up, soldier’s thighs. Appendage of finance most allegorical of capital’s regimes the soldier assumes a place beside that of the prostitute in whose body intimacy and commerce exist for each other. Vehicle of exchange and pleasure receptacle of cash and cum the soldier’s physique arouses and neutralizes the relation between money and life, just as he eroticizes technologies of control. Constructed by money for the protection of money social relation as death he lacks the very thing for which his figure has been assembled. His sold hole bears the stain of my overproduction. In other words, my social alienation may be completed in the body of a soldier, and so in loving him I can finally love myself.