Hans Ostrom

Gold Star - 4,782 Points (1954 / California)

Back Lot, Paramount Studios - Poem by Hans Ostrom

Like a prostitute’s face, the facades
are blank and professional, ready
to be reeled into routine fantasy.

Objects and people here exist
in quotation marks: Two “police”
cars sit outside a “bank.” A “criminal”

gets made up. The virtual hush is
holy. Then someone drops a portable
light in the “barber shop.”

Ghosts of dead stars are paid scale.
Spirits of dead executives scrub
pots in the commissary.

Sunlight has an agent.
Shadows have hired a publicist.

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  • (11/2/2007 12:28:00 AM)

    Not that I've ever seen one, except in a movie, but I'll take your words comparing a prostitute's face to back lot facades. You lines work to reel me in to your descrption of the creation of fantasy. (Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, October 12, 2007

Poem Edited: Saturday, April 16, 2011


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