fragments: poems, intimate notes, letters by Marilyn Monroe a compilation of letters, notes and poetry penned by Marilyn Monroe further feeds the legend of
beauty that was Marilyn. Marilyn Monroe was a stunningly beautiful and critically acclaimed Hollywood actress. In her early life she was an orphan and was
abandoned to multiple foster homes. She had serial love relationships that broke taking its toll on her health, she committed suicide in 1962. She is best remembered
for the films Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, How to Marry a Millionaire, The Seven Year Itch, Bus Stop, Some Like it Hot, and
The Misfits amongst others. The book was compiled and edited by filmmaker Stanley Buchthal and screenwriter and translator Bernard Comment.
This book is a beautiful gift, the actual pages of her hand written notes are photographed and presented with a page of type written for clarity. Most of the notes are her hand printing, some are written in flowering script and some of the beginning pages are typewritten (these beginning pages were about her first husband and it was as if she was beginning to write an autobiography). The notes are an intimate portrait of a beautiful young woman, she is sensitive, very intelligent, very hurt, a free spirit, a Poet. Themes of her notes are her broken relationships with the men in her life; daily activities e.g. thoughts about the people riding the bus with her, thoughts about if she will be able to deliver a good performance as she did not like to let people down; notes to clarify her feelings; thoughts about surgery, psychiatry and acting; thoughts about Lee Strasberg’s acting class; early childhood memories; letters to her doctors; a song list; a menu list and some ephemera. Sometimes the notes are from notebooks, sometimes from Waldorf Astoria or Parkside House stationery, or from letters, an interview.
As thoughts some of the offerings are original poetic forms. As a Poet, this Writer recognizes some of the writings as crib notes, the writing down of ideas that are later formed and constructed into a poetry offering. And some of the notes, stand alone as poetry.
I am of both of your directions
Somehow remaining hanging downward
but strong as a cobweb in the
wind – I exist more with the cold glistening frost.
But my beaded rays have the colors I’ve
seen in a painting- ah life they
have cheated you”
“Stones on the walk
every color there is
I stare down at you
like a horizon-
the space/the air is between us beckoning
and I am many stories up
my feet frightened
as I grasp towards you”
Some of the writings deal with her suicidal feelings around her broken childhood and broken marriages. Some of the writings are quite introspective, as if she is viewing herself outside a shattered perspective, because of her painful experiences.
“It’s not to much fun to know yourself to well or think you do –
everyone needs a little conceit to carry them through and past the falls”
Rather traditional and in Renaissance, this poem reminds me of John Dowland’s “Weep ye’ no more sad fountains”:
“Sad, sweet trees –
I wish for you - rest
but you must be wakeful”
and is like an Haiku.
This writer remembers the story of how she helped Ella Fitzgerald get a singing booking at the very popular Mocambo club in Hollywood. African American artists were often discriminated against in the 1950's America. Marilyn Monroe called the owner of the club and told him if he would let Ella Fitzgerald sing at the Mocambo she would sit at one of the front tables every night. She said the press would love it.
Writer Arthur Miller, a husband of Marilyn Monroe said, “To have survived, she would have had to be either more cynical or even further from reality than she was. Instead, she was a poet on a street corner trying to recite to a crowd pulling at her clothes.” It was as if her great beauty eclipsed how the American male audience viewed her, as if reducing her to an object, an ideal that people worshipped, a public fantasy of love that ignored who she really was. The objectification of women is a violence, it is trespass, it is a symptom of an unhealthy society. If she had lived and developed her writing arts calling she could have become a brilliant Poet, as it was she was a brilliant Oracle/Artist in her own right. She existed as a bright soul, as goddess, Aphrodite, the goddess of love, such brilliance in a violent and war-ridden world. Once she said, “People had a habit of looking at me as if I were some kind of mirror instead of a person.” Often big spirit people challenge people, sometimes they remind them of ex-lovers who have left or people compare themselves and come up wanting, in a world where a majority of people suffer broken serial marriages it is difficult for people to be happy in themselves. In a happier world all people would be married to their Starcrossed or more suited lover, to a happier world in the New Economy.
fragments: poems, intimate notes, letters by Marilyn Monroe reveals the real Marilyn in her own words. Marilyn Monroe an icon of our times.
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GINA NEMO: Book of Haikus, Dreamland America, authentic haiku poetry from America’s sweetheart Gina Nemo. Gina Nemo is a Poet/Writer/Award-Winning Singer
and Music Producer/Filmmaker/Actress/Producer/Director, a Hollywood palindrome. She was the co-star of the television series “21 Jump Street” for which she
won an Emmy Award and has been on stage and screen since a child. Currently, her film "VOICES" about New Age cutting edge Poets and their poetry was submitted
to The Santa Barbara International Film Festival and The Sundance Film Festival. She has written 3 books of poetry, Strings (2013), Scarlet (2014) and Carousel
(2015) with magical audiobooks Strings (2014), Swoop (2015), and Serenade (2015).
The Japanese tradition of Haiku is enjoying a Renaissance in Western culture as many Poets pick up their pen to write in this enigmatic form. First popularized in Japan by Matsuo Basho in the 1700’s, this beautiful nature imagery driven form in few words, is fantastical weaving light into darkness, in a breath. Poet Nemo was writing an Haiku every day for a year, a celebration of her life’s journey and arts calling, this is a compilation of her Haiku writing practice. She is the wise child with a magical representation of life in the everyday, through the enigmatic presentation there are glimpses of happenings, the day, thoughts, a certain photograph in time. Little girl lost, little girl found, falling into sunshine, a journal of days.
"RACE THE SKY
Dancing in her dreams
Wishing she could fly to him
Race the bluest sky"
"SHE WANTS TO DANCE
She is dressed to dance
Fire inside her slippers
Currents in her heart"
The images are based in romance with elements of nature and often with the themes of art, time and truth. There is great joy and happiness, but on the edge is the shadowland America, the undertoad of violence in serial love relationships.
"HE GAVE HER LILIES
She wanted roses
He gave her lots of lilies
They floated with love"
Time is like a dream
It disappears with journeys
Ends up in your heart"
The Haiku form is for the most part traditional Haiku in 17 syllables, 5 – 7 – 5. Also, most of the Haiku rhyme regularly in rhyming couplets at the end of the poem. As if East meets West, the traditional Haiku form with elements of the rhyme of Shakespearean sonnets, the Haiku become, a mix of romance and white pagan magic for true love.
Gina Nemo, glimpses of her everyday, romance and art, a celebration of American girl nation in Haiku poetic form. And love into the long night, GINA NEMO: Book of Haikus.
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The Children of Orpheus Anthology, a fantastical book of New Age Renaissance love poetry is the first Contest/Anthology from Subterranean Blue
Poetry. The Anthology was inspired by the story of Orpheus in Greek mythology, Orpheus is a Poet/Musician/Oracle, his music has the gift of enchantment. Upon
discovering his wife Eurydice dead, he journeys to the underworld where in his grief he plays for Hades and Persephone who were so moved they allow her to
return to the upper world with him, with the one admonition to not look back. Eurydice follows him to the upper world, but once there he becomes anxious and
he looks back, as she vanishes into the mists forever. The prize for the best New Age love poem is a magnum of French Champagne, all proceeds from book
sales go to a local Women’s Drop-In, Chez Doris in Montreal. Subterranean Blue Poetry is a popular online poetry journal, Poetry Editor Rebecca Anne Banks
is also a Poet/Singer/Songwriter/Musician/Writer/Artist/Philosopher/Counselor/Activist who has written over 27 books of poetry and produced 3 CD’s of music.
The Children of Orpheus Anthology is a cross-cultural and international poetry collection with 22 writers from Canada, United States, Nigeria, United Kingdom, France, Brazil, all writing love themed poetry. The different experiences of love and relationship make for a rich mix, often a reflection of the broken and violent war economy of the Western World. An excellent example of the craft of poetry in the early 21st Century, all of the Poets featured have considered work and write in an original voice.
Adrian Ernesto Cepeda is the winner of the Contest/Anthology with We could’ve painted skies blue. A beautiful suite of poems, in “Love American Style”, hot, erotic love poetry in the back seat of cars and hotel rooms. Reminiscences of Frank Sinatra, Kim Hunter, and Marlon Brando, a postcard of Hollywood. The poetry in sweet New Age forms, a brush with art and nature images in the New Age Renaissance.
Zo-Alonzo Gross is the American Shakespeare. Beautiful and elegant riffs in beats, with regular rhyme, perhaps influenced by rap music and the Beat Poets. The Poet incorporates Old English words in a post-modern context, e.g. “Awaken Thy Love”, “verily”, “sendeth”, the original use of language is also accompanied by original and creative use of punctuation. Love themes of missing a lover and conflicted love themes, a riveting New Age Renaissance beat, bringing new life to the world of poetry.
Cassy Welburn, is the consumate story teller, creating mythos inside the Old World village, she portrays dark power paradigms in a subtle way that reveals violent truths, in the written/spoken word hope for redemption. The poem A Bridge of Feathers inspired by QiXi, a Chinese Valentine’s Day legend, is a dark portrayal of a girl’s search for love. Her poetry is highlighted by nature imagery is a beautiful and original take on the New Age Renaissance.
Stephen Bett, Canadian Poet, writing poetry in bare minimalist form, is an excellent experience in the original use of language. A reflection of the coming of age in the 1960’s peace generation, this poetry takes on the New World in exciting new forms.
Michael Thomas Allen writes like a New Age sage, as if the post-modern Kahlil Gibran. His writings on love in philosophic, universal truths, the nature imagery, the beautiful offering inside the dark spaces of love N.A.
Mercedes Webb-Pullman writes openly of the violence of love, in a world where people often have serial love relationships. In the post-apocalypse cityscape, the violence of love N.A. is reflected in the truncated style of disjointed thoughts, as if influenced by T.S. Eliot. The use of nature images, and Greek mythology and Shakespearian allusions, is an excellent study in the New Age Renaissance.
Psalm A Praise, a Nigerian Poet, in an inspiration for a lover wrote a poem a day for 31 days in Songs for Orente. The Nigerian lilt, of sunlight and earth, casts the English language in a new and exciting form. Love with nature images, and deep inspiration, a song of heaven.
Strider Marcus Jones, reconstructs broken love in Celtic idioms. As if casting words, in pagan sympathies for forever love, the poetry rhymes repeatedly. Perhaps influenced by Seamus Heaney amongst others and a modern trend back to rhyme in poetry. Original images, often based in nature and love erotica, sometimes with new words creates a ground breaking trend in literature.
New Age Renaissance poetry is celebrated in The Children of Orpheus, this tour de force Anthology. Art nouveau poetry rhythms with highlights of nature imagery, sometimes erotica, a return to romance and always the beauty inside. In the truth telling the mythos of love is recast, as an ideal, the dream of a happy longterm marriage, the forever heart. The Children of Orpheus from Subterranean Blue Poetry. A brilliant read.
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