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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 among 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 filterless cigarettes--
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 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 for ever,

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 Kira 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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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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