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Delmore Schwartz - Love And Marilyn Monroe

(after Spillane)

Let us be aware of the true dark gods
Acknowledgeing the cache of the crotch
The primitive pure and pwerful pink and grey
                   private sensitivites
Wincing, marvelous in their sweetness, whence rises
                   the future.
Therefore let us praise Miss Marilyn Monroe.
She has a noble attitude marked by pride and candor
She takes a noble pride in the female nature and torso
She articualtes her pride with directness and exuberance
She is honest in her delight in womanhood and manhood.
She is not a great lady, she is more than a lady,
She continues the tradition of Dolly Madison and Clara
When she says, "any woman who claims she does not like
                   to be grabbed is a liar!"
Whether true or false, this colossal remark
                   states a dazzling intention...

It might be the birth of a new Venus among us
It atones at the very least for such as Carrie Nation
For Miss Monroe will never be a blue nose,
          and perhaps we may hope
That there will be fewer blue noses because
          she has flourished --
Long may she flourish in self-delight and the joy
          of womanhood.
A nation haunted by Puritanism owes her homage and

Let us praise, to say it again, her spiritual pride
And admire one who delights in what she has and is
(Who says also: "A woman is like a motor car:
          She needs a good body."
And: "I sun bathe in the nude, because I want
          to be blonde all over.")

This is spiritual piety and physical ebullience
This is vivd glory, spiritual and physical,
Of Miss Marilyn Monroe.

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Poet: Delmore Schwartz
Poem: Love And Marilyn Monroe
Poem of the Day: May 27 2016

Comment 1 of 1, added on March 12th, 2012 at 7:48 AM.

Yes, Sheila BRAVE is such a perfect word. The brave iohcce right or wrong you could almost look at her entire life, and much of her career this way. Who else would make love almost simultaneously with Elia Kazan AND Arthur Miller? John AND Robert Kennedy? Johnny Rosselli AND Sam Giancana? Who else could marry Joe DiMaggio, be brave enough to admit failure and leave him quickly, and still inspire enough loyalty for DiMaggio to challenge Giancana to a fistfight on her behalf within weeks of her death, and then subsequently ban Sinatra and their cronies from her funeral. What other actor could move and inspire Lee Strasberg to this eulogy: The dream of her talent, which she had nurtured as a child, was not a mirage. When she first came to me I was amazed at the startling sensitivity which she possessed and which had remained fresh and undimmed, struggling to express itself despite the life to which she had been subjected.Others were as physically beautiful as she was, but there was obviously something more in her something that people saw and recognized in her performances and with which they identified. She had a luminous quality a combination of wistfulness, radiance, yearning that set her apart and yet made everyone wish to be part of it, to share in the childish naefvete9 which was at once so shy and yet so vibrant.

Sophia from Venezuela

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