REVIEW AMERICANA

 

Spring 2006

Volume 1, Issue 1

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CASIE FEDUKOVICH

 

Short Chains

 

Barbara Stanwyck just wanted

a little glamour;

In Babyface, thrown across white divans,

sweating emeralds, sprouting mink,

she conjured a life

 

away from gray-brown

cloud of Philadelphia, hard hands of fat men

in speakeasies. Cat-eyed, she slunk

through pearl and onyx

penthouses, Mr. Carter

(President, Bank of New York)

scuffing up rich oriental rugs in her frothy wake,

 

begging for absolution from

age, high blood pressure, flaccidity.


Please Babyface, please.

 

But not Babyface,

not Barbara Stanwyck.


The power of her body draped in satin,

razor jaw,

pyramids of cheekbones,

 

no apologies from shoulders

or breasts.

 


 

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