The Marilyn poems are a sequence loosely based around artifacts from the life of Marilyn Monroe.They are not poems about Marilyn Monroe, nor do they necessarily reflect the historical record. They are examples of creative writing, or perhaps can be seen as exercises of “poetic license”. The poems are written to investigate certain notions – “a dripping tap” examines loneliness and sexuality, “Arthur driving his wife home” is based on a photograph and explores ambition, motivation, “Marilyn does not Travel in the Back Seat of a Car” investigates imagined futures. Some of the Marilyn poems tackle unusual topics. “The digital enhancement of photographs of Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio” explores a mathmatical concept – binary arithmetic – in the unusual context of a partnership and “Marilyn and the Physics of David Deutsch” examines multiple possibilities in time, or multiple universes.
The Marilyn poems have been written over a long period – the first were written in 2004 and there was a long break when no Marilyn poem was written, lasting from 2007 to 2009. Because the poems are not primarily about Marilyn Monroe, the poems are not written at any particular time.
- 1:25000 a dripping tap Advice to a Squonk Amelia Arthur driving his wife home from a shopping trip Cool (Sharks) Crepuscle with Nellie Dining in the Cosmic Cafe Disregarding 12 O 2 Ekphrasis Evolution of the Universe Floaters Floating Frankfurt Bookfair 2012 Hare in a Glacial Sequence Heat and Sound Horse in Winter Incidental Field Notes in a Journal innominate group In the Beginning in the cinema stalls watching In the Workshop of Joseph Language and Place Lazarus and Martha at Tikipunga Falls Le Bar aux Folies-Bergère Manhattan Repentance Marilyn and the Physics of David Deutsch Marilyn poems Matapouri Track My lover is a rainstorm On seeing a newspaper picture of Sir Thomas Bouch Pasifika Queen Mab Pigeon Fanciers Poetry Live Poets Exposed Sealed Tombs Sequences shell SIck Child (Flying) So we all find the shore St Francis and the Birds St Helier Migrates after his Martyrdom Sunday after the Abbatoir The digital enhancement of photographs of Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio The Ghost at the Old Lychgate The Growing Weariness of Light The Tree at the Edge of the World Trees dropping Uncategorized Wavelengths