NINA PURO - Elegy with Bette Davis Eyes

from by 90s Meg Ryan

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ELEGY WITH BETTE DAVIS EYES

there’s this
time I keep
up my sleeve
woodsmoke
& wood floors.

pull it out
when the mob has their
pitchforks tuned
quiet as
frost furs the freezer
overnight.

sleep so deep
the voice
in the dream
cracks wineglasses
in my kitchen.

the girl in the dream
kept a whisper
& an atlas in a
vial round her neck
to turn down that
cold wind.

mostly
it worked.

in the movies the sidekick says
go on without me-- don’t look back!
I’m the one saying that
to all of you.
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NINA PURO’s work is forthcoming or recently appeared in Guernica, H_ngm_n, Indiana Review, the PEN America Poetry Series, Washington Square Review, amongst others. She is a member of the Belladonna* Collaborative and the author of a chapbook, Two Truths and a Lie (dancing girl press, 2015). She lives and cries in Brooklyn.
www.ninapuro.tumblr.com/writing
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from The Studded Belt Phenomenon, released June 28, 2015

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In 1989 Meg Ryan immortalized herself as Sally Albright.
Throughout the next decade, she mesmerized us all.

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