songanddancegirl

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

STAIRS

THOSE AREN’T CLOUDS    THEY’RE STAIRS

He remained innocent +teeming with desire

He later saw the captain who had given them

orders layind dead, a half-naked body with a

bare chest and dark, swollen woman’s nipples.

 

After WWII he vowed never to be afraid of

anything again   Bonfires of words being lit all

over America   Great man of letters died June 25

90  collapsed at his gym in elegant Sag Harbour

Born James Horowitz    Died James Salter

 

He was the purest form of himself   3 word sentences

Some 2   Some more  The daughter was a soft, seductive

color, six or seven years old. He was holding her by the

waist, half woman, half vase.   Like Sylvia Plath   James

believed in magic until the age of 9

 

Both had seen sharks wash up in their grandmother’s

gardens after hurricanes   There was a two-headed toad

in my own Bubbie’s garden   +I squashed it with wild

abandon   Sylvia a suicide +mother of a suicide   James

father of 5

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There comes a time when you realize that everything is

a dream, and only those things preserved in writing have

any possibility of being real.   James Salter  2013

 

 

Summer 2015

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