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The territory of wild beasts lies only a short length of rail from the world of commerce. This is the land of those for whom progress and its measured lines holds no beauty. Only anger and provocation to anger. They’ve gathered here in this clearing with a savage joy like jackals around a kill. A detuned squall of noise breaks the silence like dawn through a bruised and swollen eyelid. The guitarist stops layering feedback and repeats a simple but distorted dirge in a minor key. The bassist chips away at his strings. The drummer slams his sticks onto the taut skins of his set. The crowd spasms. Blue arcs of electricity sizzle and spit between them. The Iguana strides onto the stage shirtless. His skin is wrinkled like an old saddle and his muscles and ribs protrude like ropes across his torso. I want you all up here with me, he says. I want you all close to me right now. The crowd storms the palisade that rings the stage. A dozen people scramble onto the

platform where they continue to seize and buck. Their motions all the more disconcerting now they’re spread out. Each sporadic movement visible. Sexless as herkyjerky marionettes. The Kid falls back into the crowd with a bootprint on his chest. Behind him the dance has turned into a flatout brawl. The dancers linked not by some common electrical impulse but by a total insensate rage. Rage at everything. Rage at nothing. The howl of the northeastern wolf. Now I wanna be your dog, the Iguana sings. The twelve dancers stay on stage until the end of the song. Their faces cataphatic. Their idol among them. Blood splashes onto the ground turning the dust a deep maroon. A woman clutches her eyebrow which previously held a hoop of steel and is now the source of a crimson stream that pours down her face like rainwater down a gulch. She pants as she shoves her way between fists and shoulders and feet. She won’t be missed by anyone. Not in this crowd.

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