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from MY TESTIMONIES

Joshua Ware

MY TESTIMONIES I

         My name is
               Jean Cocteau
but for the sake of this poem
                            this film
             this striptease
       this common dream
    call my peeled body
              Joshua Ware.

 

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MY TESTIMONIES IV

                                  One becomes confused            
in timelessness: I invented the cigarette.
    Cegeste's hair is no longer
blonde, tossed back
                  from the sea.
Yes, the horse-man troubles me.

 

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MY TESTIMONIES V

Picasso stands in a balcony
         draped in a heavy scarf
watching my funeral. I die
                            again and again
                to reinvent myself
           in slow-motion, reverse
and a singular moment of color.
     What is my name?
          I no longer remember.
   Disappearing isn't easy.

 

 

 

 


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"My Testimonies" comes from a manuscript titled My Poetries that explores small form poetry, inspired, at least aesthetically, by the shorter pieces found in Joseph Ceravolo's Spring in this World of Poor Mutts. The content derives from my viewing of Jean Cocteau's Testament to Orpheus, which is the final chapter in the filmmaker's Orphic Trilogy. More precisely, these selections examine the role of the artist as a persona in their own work, similar to the manner in which Cocteau plays himself in dream-world of Testament.