"It's about words, and words are all I have…"



Joe cried at her funeral  & for the next 20 yrs. had

roses at her crypt twice a week    DiMaggio was

famously private   now his love letters won’t be

Sotheby will auction the: Lost Monroe Archives  next

month   Norma Jean’s mother died in an asylum  +she

bounced between foster-homes   Used +sexually abused

Muse to powerful men   No stranger to the casting couch


Marilyn referred to herself as: HER    With those huge doe

eyes  perpetually  in startle mode  Monroe was a pop culture

black hole   Martin Nolan the auctioneer said: It really gives

you the chills when you see the intimacy  +personal nature

of the stuff   As though she were  an IT    Well Martin the detritus

of a life always reeks of intimacy  but then you may be missing

a chip or 2


This reminiscent of the 12 yr. old  girl who asked me: Do you think

getting shot hurts?  With most people in a permanent state of OFF

the great de-humanization is occurring as we consume disaster tv

+must be reminded that: YES a human life is personal  & that being

shot likely hurts a lot   As one Canadian woman tweeted following the

Gomeshi affair: I’m along for the ride and not liking myself for it.

It’s a time waster and an energy suck.  It’s an obsession. 


Yet perhaps the floodgates have finally opened   In every corner of the

free press  there are references to rape+abuse   Today is World Toilet

Day   & the U.N. tries to raise awareness about the dangers to women

+children in outhouses &fields   where they are regularly assaulted

Might we predict a seismic shift for humanity?  Perhaps too soon to know


54 yrs. ago they carried Marilyn Monroe out of her home  with dirty sheets

+pillbottles  a personal scene of overdose?   Tomorrow fans will fly from all

corners of the globe  +spend more than 2million$   Marilyn’s collectibility

has skyrocketed in recent years     Among the artifacts of mid-century

debauchery   is a watercolour she painted for President Kennedy






Oh there been times that I thought I couldn’t last for long
But now I think I’m able to carry on
It’s been a long, a long time coming
But I know a change gonna come, oh yes it will.

Sam Cooke  1963


Late Fall  2014

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