A brief series of favorite poems and their histories, #1

Hi everyone,

I’ve recently had reason to pull together a representation of my poems over the years and tell something about them. It wasn’t an easy task. In 2016 I spent days trying to collect my published poems into one document and it ran 512 pages. I didn’t count the number of poems. I need to update the file.

Since I have this list of some of my favorite poems in a handy place, I think I’ll amuse myself, and hopefully you, by posting them, one each day, for a while. I’ll break for incoming news, but otherwise it will be a few days of poems. Here’s the first one.

“It’s Me!” was written to the inspiration of Andy Warhol’s 1962 diptych painting of Marilyn Monroe for the 2001 award-winning book HEART TO HEART, edited by Jan Greenberg for Harry Abrams. In 2012 it appeared in Everyman’s Library Pocket Poets, an international anthology edited for Knopf by Emily Fragos, poet and teacher at Columbia and New York universities who also appeared in the film, The Fortune Writer. The poem is usually presented with each line placed in a different, surprising location on the page to reflect various Marilyns in the painting pleading to the reader. My word press doesn’t allow for such placement.

It’s Me!

Hey!

Over here!
It’s me!

The real Marilyn!

Shhh!

Don’t tell the others!

They don’t know they’re fakes!

Hey!

Over here!

It’s me!

The real Marilyn!

Shhh!

Don’t tell the others!

They don’t know they’re fakes!

Hey!

Over here!

It’s me!

(c) 2001 David L. Harrison, all rights reserved