Au Hasard Balthazar

Stacy Szymaszek

1974 I start
a memo on
dreadful vision
of Christian mildness
amidst Christian perps
bringing an evil
to hymns
water stations
I can wait
                a Polish actress
wide-set 50 mm
eyes restrictive
yet yield surprise
my lap
made of muscle
        knee caps
                        shoots    of errant hair
in that moment I understand
        my hand
took place
opus of
safe infant
listen bud
no static guard
on my acolyte robe
as we learned last Sunday
another class of girl
wants to be destroyed
donned "beef
cake" by summer
crown of blue
now on a mantle
house in a field
my animal
lives with sheep
feel bad that I beat you
problem with
only offering
two options
Copyright © 2012 by Stacy Szymaszek. Used with permission of the author.

Further Reading

Poems About Movies
Un Chien Andalou (An Andalusian Dog)
by A. Van Jordan
A Score for Tourist Movies
by Mary Austin Speaker
After the Movie
by Marie Howe
An American in Hollywood
by Frank Bidart
Ave Maria
by Frank O'Hara
Brad Pitt
by Aaron Smith
by Hart Crane
Daffy Duck In Hollywood
by John Ashbery
French Movie
by David Lehman
Heroic Simile
by Robert Hass
Homage to Sharon Stone
by Lynn Emanuel
Old Boy
by A. Van Jordan
On the Waterfront
by B. H. Fairchild
One Shies at the Prospect of Raising Yet Another Defense of Cannibalism
by Josh Bell
To the Film Industry in Crisis
by Frank O'Hara
Trigger Guard
by Joanna Fuhrman
When There Were Ghosts
by Alberto Ríos