Dear Mr. O’Hara,
My apologies for the late response. Herewith, this.
Lana Turner in Ascension
To be frank, it is we that laid you low –
passed you out, amidst the booze
and bennie-laced vomit on the carpet.
Perchance to meet there
Kings Lear, Cambyses, Oedipus
and any number of noble motherfuckers
Who will tell you you are down,
not just for that Mafioso boyfriend
or five husbands or mis-parented daughter.
you are known and beautiful,
as few of us can ever be.
And down because
collapsed is where all of us
will also one day be.
We love you, Lana Turner, for what we
can do to you.
You must get up.
Because Dickie Nixon,
and Lindsey Lohan, and Miley Cyrus,
and any number of Kardashians.
–Art by Kaia Pieters