Category Archives: Marilyn poems

Reading at the Mokaba Bar, Whangarei

New Zealand National Poetry Day is Friday 16th August, and once again Whangarei celebrated early with readings at the Mokaba Bar today. I read poems spread over two slots. The poems are all unpublished and included “shell”, “Manhattan Repentance”, “Advice … Continue reading

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Notes on Ekphrasis

Creating poetry is more than just sitting down and writing “stuff” in a particular form. “Stuff” rarely materialises like manna, it must be found from somewhere. Finding “stuff” to write about can be difficult. The notions of “writing what you … Continue reading

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Reading at the Thirsty Dog, Auckland

Poetry Live has regular performances and open mike at the Thirsty Dog on the K. Road in Auckland. I read three poems, “The Wrong Place”, “Callan in Black and White” and “The digital enhancement of photographs of Marilyn Monroe and Joe … Continue reading

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in the cinema stalls watching

I saw that distant look in your eyesthe type that says you are concentrating but not concentratingon the screenand I leaned over to say but You saidit is always the same in these moviestwo people meetthey strike an unlikely partnershipit … Continue reading

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Function of a Muse

A muse may be used as a starting point for creative work, but may also provide a support around which the work might develop. The work might be about the muse, but often the work provides the frame around which the work … Continue reading

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Some notes on the Marilyn Poems

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 … Continue reading

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Marilyn does not Travel in the Back Seat of a Car

Marilyn does not Travel in the Back Seat of a CarDallas, Nov 22nd, 1963. What fun it was,what heart wrenching fun. To be in the carwith all that excited noise, cheering, the crowd strainingfor a glimpse, she loved the adulation,even … Continue reading

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Arthur driving his wife home from a shopping trip – contempory notes

The following notes were written as commentary for the Jersey Arts Trust. “This poem is based on a photograph of Marilyn Monroe and Arthur Miller driving home in Arthur’s convertible showing Marilyn looking back at the camera while Miller is … Continue reading

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Arthur driving his wife home from a shopping trip

Arthur driving his wife home from a shopping trip The face is unmistakable. Headscarf,lacy trimmings on the shoulder strapmay give away the era, but lets be clear it is the cupids bow, the cheekbones,spreading into a Y,the straight ridge of … Continue reading

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a dripping tap – photograph reference

“a dripping tap” refers to Marilyn in New York. This is, in part, a reference to a photograph that can be found here.

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