Reading Ulysses – Heidi Seaborn
~From an Eve Arnold photograph taken of Marilyn Monroe Scholars call it parallax me reading Joyce I say pair a legs to that mine and Molly’s our skirts blowing up showing cream muslin drawers I wore white cotton panties two pair doubled up for the scene that incited Joe to treat me like dirt yes that’s what I was reading when everyone assumed I was reading only the dirty parts so that’s what they wrote in the paper about me reading my first edition that I bought at the Strand and carried everywhere so while the photographer was fiddling with the film I pulled it out to read and when she asked me if I liked it I said it’s a slog which everyone knows it is but it’s a bigger slog to be always in the kitchen to get his lordship breakfast and it’s a huge slog to break with the studio move across country and start your own production company now that’s a slog so when I slog through Ulysses it’s because I might just option it hire a writer any director I want and play the role of Molly I don’t care what anybody says it’d be much better for the world to be governed by the women in it you wouldn’t see women going and killing one another slaughtering when do you ever see women rolling around drunk like they do or gambling every penny they have and losing it on horses yes because a woman whatever she does she knows where to stop.
Heidi Seaborn is Executive Editor of The Adroit Journal and author of [PANK] Book Award winner An Insomniac’s Slumber Party with Marilyn Monroe (2021). Recent work in American Poetry Journal, The Slowdown with Tracy K. Smith, and elsewhere. She holds an MFA in Poetry from NYU. Website: www.heidiseabornpoet.com.
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