Iconoclast Direct from Hollywood Heaven

Robert Altman is dead,

but Francis Coppola is still alive.

“They hit him with six shots

and he’s still alive.

Well that’s bad luck for me,

and bad luck for you,

If you don’t make that deal

with Sonny”.

Marty Scorsese is running down Mulberry Street

with a knife in his back. Death is chasing him

like a freight train

and he’s still dreaming of Italian Cinema.

Stanley Kubrick is floating in a space odyssey

with naked women like Norman Mailer’s somnambulist.

He sports an orange clock around his neck,

Public Enemy style.

Sam Peckinpah is riddling

Alfred Hitchcock’s bloated corpse

with silver bullets

while Sam whistles over

John Ford’s grave.

Robert Altman is dead

He’s hunting deer

with Michael Cimino and Dino De Laurentius,

unconventionally subverting the genre.

Robert Altman is dead.

He’s whispering

“suicide is painless”

while Arthur Penn

is turning the crank

of a vintage Model-T

for Clyde Barrow.

Robert Altman is dead.

He’s stopping the bleeding in Korea,

singing on stage in Nashville

and slowing slipping away

chest deep in the western snows.

He deconstructs and de-mythologizes

our romantic visions

in non-heroic, breathtaking, masterpiece

while Leonard Cohen wails.

He watches as Oliver Stone

shows Jack Kennedy

what happened in Vietnam,

how the bullet

made his head

go back

and to the right,

made us all go back

and to the right.


About circusinpurgatory
Nick Masesso Jr’s fictionalized short stories, poetry and prose have been published in the Starry Night Review, Elegant Thorn Review, Language and Culture.net and Vagabond Press; the Battered Suitcase. His latest book “Armor of Innocence” and first book “Walking the Midway in Purgatory, a Journal” are available on-line and through bookstores.

One Response to Iconoclast Direct from Hollywood Heaven

  1. James Mcfarland says:

    6.9 rating. Appreciate the abstract angle, lost in transition

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