Academic journal article Parnassus : Poetry in Review

Women in the Arts

Academic journal article Parnassus : Poetry in Review

Women in the Arts

Article excerpt

So I resented Stanley [Kubrick] at times because he pushed me. And it hurt. And I resented him for it. I thought, "Why do you want to do this to me? How can you do this to me?" -Shelley Duvall, on filming The Shining

That gargoyle of a little girl

who dwells downstool

of the pianist-her heels

adangle-and turns

his mind a page at a time

as he runs out of score,

returning her hands

to her lap where they stiffen

like stonework. The maid

withdrawing from master

at his desk, and doing her best

to minimize the click

of the door that always

puts a kink in his line

of thought and for which

he's given her bottom

what for. The wife stooping

to retrieve the pages

some ass of a Wyndham

Lewis-working longhand

in the darkness

of his blindness-flings

to the floor, a few lines

on each, the Lewis

taking for granted the wife

would take them

to the typewriter and unknot

his snarled cursive.

The Vera saving Lolita

from the furnace

that's always burning

in anecdotes that just eat

you up. …

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