Last night after midnight, or would that be today? unable to sleep,
I watched movies to remind myself
about our nature.
You feel less woe that we do not change when you watch
movies about our nature.
Ambition. Jealousy. Unacknowledged
addiction. The screenwriter who cannot sell a screenplay
latches on to the rich ex-movie-goddess
dreaming of a comeback. He is doing it only until he
can get on his feet. Or the ex-movie-star
who has guided the career of his young protégé
perfectly and can in his own case see his own future
so we watch him walk into the sea. Why he does what he does
is, in some sense, clear, though how to deflect
any of it, deflect his death and fate
is opaque. He is familiar
The restored yet forever still-
butchered Garland A Star Is Born
reminds me that what, at fifteen, in 1954, I could not
persuade my mother and step-father to drive
a hundred and twelve miles from Bakersfield to Hollywood
in my lifetime I
cannot ever see.
Last night after midnight, or would that be today? unable to sleep.
Excerpted from AGAINST SILENCE: Poems by Frank Bidart. Published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux. Copyright © 2021 by Frank Bidart. All rights reserved.