TANJA BARTEL : Marilyn
SUSAN M. KENNEDY : In Search of Salt
COREY MESLER : Old Hob
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TANJA BARTEL
Marilyn
Curving rolls of film spilling out of her dress onto the audience of lovers Her mink voice pets the ears of a limbless bombed generation needing to be soothed with the soft fur and purr of something harmless A blonde balm for shell wounds, for love wounds The trench of her cleavage filled with a million soldiers' tears drowning the hearts of the left alone She made weakness beautiful Men went to war to protect fragility like this Having only recently climbed out of child bodies themselves They held their own shield of feathers in front of their throats, in front of their eyes - the flickering black and white film of smoke and death, shot at a death angle in dying light All the same A blonde Finnish soldier left behind by my grandfather in the snow it was the Winter War against the Russians He was left calling for his mother, "aiti, aiti" He could have been Marilyn slipping into a black dress after losing hope Love is what we all throw ourselves down for {The poet notes: The title, "Marilyn", does indeed refer to Marilyn Monroe. I wanted to draw a comparison between the post-war soldiers of the 1950's and Marilyn. After such large-scale violence and death, the world needed something beautiful and harmless. The vulnerability of the traumatized soldiers mirrors the child-like fragility of Marilyn. Both are human; both are fragile. The wounded survivors flock to the silver screen to escape their pain. The "protectors" of women and children are in need of protection themselves, hence the young soldier crying for his mother - a woman. -- TB]
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SUSAN M. KENNEDY
In Search of Salt
I'm done with passive days and museum whisper nights. I lean close to the hall mirror, stare at the eyes there. The fog tells me that I'm breathing still I need reminders. I wander through a quiet house, dangle fingers into briney waters of the fish tank, silver darting shimmers with visibile spines, delicate as mine. I meander to the kitchen, dip into a can of green spinach. I know before it touches my tongue that I hate its limp texture but still I crave the salty tang of earth. In the garden, I touch pink petals, marvel at the angular lines and spines that lead to tender. I have a sudden fierce desire to taste that softness, too. I bite; I am not surprised at the salty sweet.
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COREY MESLER
Old Hob
“I'm frightened by the devil and I'm drawn to those ones who ain't afraid.” Joni Mitchell
His horny nails, his Bosch-drawn beak, his hands like the grip or unrepentant death: I see him still, standing in the rain in my backyard, waiting, just waiting, his patience a heavy ordnance. How long ago did he first appear? What about me drew him like water? And why, when the time comes for us to commingle, will he give me my last gift, the freedom to say any damn thing I want.
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