HORROR IS THE SINUS LEADING AWAY FROM THE ABSCESS
How do you react make art with lamé
with the knowledge that the bad flapper
snaps her neck at the end with the new year and shiny balloons?
We’ve always had deer ears and luck
pink pills prescriptions delivered.
We had faces then a horror addition
Val Lewton told the suits
our message is death.
You can’t help politics
you can’t worry about it she says as writes the bad candidate’s name
in soap on the window.
Once I mixed nostalgia with my neuroses.
I had a face then wore scarves and volcano-red lips
too lazy to bring my ancestral fears to fruition
and what could be more paralyzing
in times of victory red
than standing in the yard frozen in a white cloak
watching the spider vein feeding the cyst?
Notes: “We Had Faces Then” is the name of a Pinterest board; “We had faces!” is a line spoken by the character Norma Desmond in the 1950 film Sunset Boulevard. This poem owes a lot to the You Must Remember This podcast on Val Lewton, (YMRT #3, "Happy 110th Birthday, Val Lewton”), written by Karina Longworth.