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Her skin of powdered rice paper
the scent of rotting orchids,
a drug-induced Noh dancer with
slow-writhing limbs akimbo-

silver-gilded girl of the moment
at the factory that turned out
Monroe silk screens, and porn
to the drone of a refrigerator,

from asylum to the Big Apple,
the apple of her father's eye
and of his desires, she'd sleep
among the gay lovers, pretty boys

with erotic names of exotic birds,
knowing she was safe for a while
as they quarreled amongst themselves-

who'd bring her chocolate shakes,
and chauffeur their princess
to her doctor's for injections
(she was too much a lady to do it herself)

until her fingertips became match-heads
setting fire to hotel rooms,
flailing from inside a closet
while bellboys stole her furs-

face of a comatose junkie drawing deep
on filter-less cigarettes
(she wasn't afraid). And yet, what deeds
have you, Edith, what deeds?

But wasn't she fabulous! remembering
back when she and Suky spent trips
screaming from an open convertible
through the San Marcos Pass, their
bright scarves trailing like kite tails

in the same wind she'd ride her roan
along the spine ridge of Rancho Laguna
with no sense of dominion, and the land
with its wild fires that went on forever,

where the ashes of her brothers
and their self-possessed
and possessing father of eight
had been far-flung blown, and one day,
so too would hers, in the valley of Santa Inez.
:bulletred:Edie Sedgwick (1943 - 1971)

:bulletblue:Youthquaker of 1965, Warhol's underground superstar at his NYC factory with the silver foil walls, the Girl in the Black Tights. And the fine actress Kyra Sedgewick is related to Edith as her niece.

:bulletorange:Noh - Japanese classic theatre
:bulletgreen:*Suky - the youngest sister
:bulletyellow:Rancho Laguna - the 6,000 acre family ranch
:bulletpurple:San Marcos Pass, and Santa Inez Valley - near Santa Barbara, California

(preview photo from Wikipedia stock)
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magamo Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2014

Sedgwick was perhaps the complete embodiment of her cultural and psychological zeitgeist: innocent but irresponsible, dazzling but damaged. Of all Warhol’s Screen Tests, hers is certainly the most fascinating and layered – no wonder he was riveted.

 

And this piece is a wonderfully compelling portrait, free of cliché, full of remarkable imagery.
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jade-pandora Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2014
I could not have said it any better.


And thank you so much, your appreciation means a lot.
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Leopold002 Featured By Owner Edited Nov 21, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
+fav A comment on the "reality" of the 1960s... and the price that was paid.
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jade-pandora Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2014
Thank you, Leopold.  Yes, and also a comment on a father from which she tried to escape which, unfortunately, is a common thing that happens still to this day.
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Leopold002 Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Indeed.
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tommyboywood Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
More often than not fame (or the yen for fame) destroys otherwise decent people. 
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jade-pandora Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2014
Actually, she was an accomplished artist (primarily in sculpting), but had a family, particularly the father, who showed her several times that they thought she belonged in an institution.  Such things can do lasting damage.  For Edie, fame was attention, and attention was a way to confirm the power struggle she was trying to win, and eventually ultimately lost in the worst way.
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irvon Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2011
You set quite the ambience in this piece, I wouldn't want to have come to know about Edie in any other way!
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jade-pandora Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2011
Oh gosh thank you so much - that means a lot! :hug:
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RawPoetry Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2011   Photographer
This is incredible, truly speaks to the nature of people and their many layers.
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jade-pandora Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2011
I'm so glad for your appreciation, thanks very much! <3
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AgentBabycakes Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Fabulous!
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jade-pandora Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2011
Why thank you! <3
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aelogan Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2011
There's some sonically pleasing work here - the last line of the first stanza, the first line of the fourth stanza.

You don't see dedicated use of repetition in a lot of pieces, the double use of "apple" was a choice I really didn't care for, however that double use of "possess" in the last stanza is an exceptional success.

Some sexy rhyme in the fifth stanza, that was nice. The linebreaks seem pretty smooth throughout the piece, although the sixth stanza could use some work in my opinion - "ciggies?"

Nice work, a good read.
Thanx!
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jade-pandora Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2011
I really appreciate your reading and suggestions (one or two I immediately used and made edits). Thanks for coming by to enjoy my efforts.
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Sub3r3 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2010
This is some spectacular poetry indeed :nod:
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jade-pandora Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2010
Why thank you so very much. ^.^
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Sub3r3 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2010
:heart:
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EdieArdor Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2010
Edie is my idol, thank you for writing such a beautiful poem about her. It flowed wonderfully and really told just enough of her story for people to understand her personality. Great job.
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jade-pandora Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2010
It's so nice to meet someone who is aware of what and who Edie was. Thank you for your thoughts on my piece. :thanks:
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EdieArdor Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2010
I know, right?! So few people know about her, even Bob Dylan fans or Warhol fans, they don't know of her, but she was such a beautiful being! When I explain who she was people ask me a lot, "Why would you idolize someone like that? A little rich girl drug addict?" But she lived her life exactly how she wanted to a certain extent and she volumized energy and beauty and inspiration. She is my Muse. :heart:
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thetaoofchaos Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2010   Writer
fascinating biography. and quite lovely.
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jade-pandora Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2010
I really appreciate that so much, thank you.
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losingmyfaith Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2010  Student Writer
loved it (: <3 wonderful piece.
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jade-pandora Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2010
ah thank you so much - it's a piece I was taking a chance with because so many people are not aware of who she was and the kind of impact she and the world she lived in had on the art scene at the time.
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losingmyfaith Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2010  Student Writer
you're most welcome! (:
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somnomollior Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2010   Writer
She was very pretty. I enjoyed learning her story through your poem. It was moving.
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jade-pandora Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2010
Gosh thank you, dear Cat - but if only I could've done more justice to her influence, her life, during a period of social upheaval that oft-times was spinning out of control. The poem was originally twice as long as you see now, so I tried to stay in line with an artistic statement rather than a straight-forward journalistic durge. I'm grateful you enjoyed this piece. :heart:
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