Interior (Model Reading)
The year is 1925. Our model is reading Fitzgerald
before her dresser in a white chemise,
her long bare legs exposed to the cold morning air.
We are watching her from the bed, head down,
face obscured by her long black hair,
immersed in the latest best seller, a novel
about the American Dream, as told by Nick
Carraway (the narrator) a bond salesman living
in West Egg, Long Island, a far cry away from
our model’s life in her stark white room
taking her clothes off for the camera, living
out of a suitcase, dreaming of becoming an actor,
or dancer on Broadway. "I might just as well
become a writer," she thinks, turning the page
at the critical moment when Myrtle is killed
by the car which Daisy is driving. "Every girl
has a story to tell. Every girl dreams big. Every girl
wants to be loved. No girl ever expects to die."
Mark A. Murphy
Mark A. Murphy was born in 1969 in the UK. His poetry publications include Tin Cat Alley (1996), Our Little Bit of Immortality (2011), Night-watch Man & Muse (2013) and his next full length collection, Night Wanderer’s Plea is pending from Waterloo Press, UK. His latest collection, To Nora, A Singer of Sad Songs is to be published this year by Clare Songbirds Publishing House in America. He is currently looking for a publisher for his collection of epigrams, Little Known Aphorisms and he is now also working on a full length collection of ekphrastic poems, Word Painting. His poems have been published in 18 countries in over 200 journals in print and online.
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