Academic journal article Parnassus : Poetry in Review

Fruits De Mer

Academic journal article Parnassus : Poetry in Review

Fruits De Mer

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2011

A swirling blackness in the 20th, only the eyes visible,

or Le Monde on a historic morning, ink-heavy headline heaving

on the ground like a soldier who cannot stop the dark

from leaving his body. At Père Lachaise,

a coven of teenagers in black trench coats gathers,

like unfurled umbrellas, at Jim Morrisons grave,

there to light a candle to their idol's bones. A former America's

Sweetheart played his girlfriend in the biopic.

Shocking to see her on heroin, whining Jim, Jim, with beads in her

hair. Another image-makeover, and she's a slain Army

captain in Kabul, or was it Baghdad, or elsewhere? She kept at it

until youth left her, and now her face is ruined.

At Les Invalides, a taxidermied horse is the last sight

at the end of a corridor, a prize or cordial for enduring the war

placards. In cardinal red, the general is bemused, assured,

landing like a gangster bird anywhere he fancied.

Better an actual cardinal than more bloodshed.

Better a dove or a hawk, the predator caught on video attacking,

with talons, a drone, which seemed a victory for Nature.

This is the Age of Photographs, blown-up

Syrian children on the Pont des Arts where initialed locks

promise unbreakable love, keys scuttling through the Seine. …

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