YOUTHQUAKER (Edie Sedgwick – Girl of the Year 1965)

by: , September 26, 2019

‘she was like art; I mean, she was an object

that had been very strongly, effectively created’.

Robert Rauschenberg.

 

 

What a strange thing it is

to be made over in his image

not merely

the vessel of communication

but the very thing

reborn through

acrylic high

 black denier

white pancake

silver to the tip

he promised to make me real

a tin foil star

in bruised up fur

dancing to the Big Time

as men downed

glasses of their own piss

in aluminium rooms

the scent of so many vitamins

that the air sweetened with grime

and the walls rotted to ash

what kind of emotion

can you put into art anyway?

I am a work of my own labour

assiduously

diligently

brilliantly

I have calibrated every gram

of this finely tuned spread of hell

and sent it walking backward

down sixty-third street in heels

because I

alone

can do that

– & he knows it –

because he has so little

he extorts

the love

I had to give

as his sole divulgence

and payment

Seeing as I’ve already had

it all taken from me by

 speedfreak queen bees

and amphetamine annies

I will ask you once more

have you seen my

Dior

Balenciaga

everything that moves, baby

just tons of original?

you get used to these things

– it is easier than you might think –

the daily doses of death and skeletal trails

the nude descending staircase

the hot electric flicker

of camera, bed and mind

I bite down into all of it and hard

but I can’t say

no I won’t say

that I dig any of it.

 

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