Dead Girls
2006-07-23 16:11:50 ET

I don't really have anything to say today. I'm having a hard time writing anything of my own. So I've decided to post a Kim Addonizio poem instead. I came across it months ago in Syracuse University's Literary Journal, "Salt Hill". I think it's pretty. It's entitled, "Dead Girls". I hope at least some of you like it as well.
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Dead Girls

show up often in the movies, facedown
in the weeds beside the highway.
Kids find them by the river, or in the woods,

under leaves, one pink-nailed hand thrust up.
Detectives stand over them in studio apartments
and lift their photos off pianos

in the houses they almost grew up in.
A dead girl can kick a movie into gear
better than a saloon brawl, better

than a factory explosion, just
by lying there. Anyone can play her,
any child off the street

can be hog-tied and dumped from a van
or strangled blue in a kitchen, a bathroom,
an alley, a school. Thatís the beauty

of a dead girl. Even a plain one
who feels worthless
as a clod of dirt, broken

by the sorrow of gazing all day
at a fashion magazine,
can be made whole, redeemed

by what she finally canít help being,
the center of attention, the special,
desirable, dead, dead girl.


2006-07-23 22:50:07 ET

ooh that's a good one. really dark. i like.

2006-07-24 06:51:35 ET

Thank you for reading it.

2006-07-24 13:02:15 ET

;) dead, dead girl!

2006-07-31 11:07:34 ET

no prob. i like to read anytyhing really...as long as it's not those romance novels with fabio dudes on the cover. i have my limits, too--suprisingly. XD

2006-10-29 16:03:02 ET

I like that one. I've found some good stuff in Salt Hill.

2006-10-30 06:39:30 ET

Wow. You read Salt Hill?

I think you're the first person I've met who wasn't a contributor that actually knows it.

2006-10-30 07:54:22 ET

I found it in a magazine store once. I picked up a copy to see what it was about. It had some good writing.

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