The Prison-Wall

The Language of the Prison-Wall

Referring to nothing and reproducing nothing in nature, the prison-wall articulates the state as a demarcation ex nihilo in space and time, a territory defined by an indelible, permanent limit. As a barrier defining and excluding the outside, the prison-wall preserves the polity from contamination and so underwrites its integrity over and against time. Like a pyramid of the state, a hieroglyph of thought, the prison-wall announces an American renaissance, resurrecting and preserving the state’s sovereignty over the foreign.