Found Poem: Ladies love brutes

15 Apr

I was researching what I might want to write about for Ruth (at SilverScreenings)’s Mary Astor Blogathon, and I realized anew how delightfully strange old movie titles can be.  So, today we have a found poem straight from Mary Astor’s filmography. 

Ladies love brutes
office doors:
The pace that thrills, the price
of a party.

Men of chance (woman proof)
playing with souls.
No time to marry unguarded women–
other men’s women.

Three-ring marriage, romance
of the underworld–
the woman
(there’s always a woman)
from hell,
the man
(man of iron)
with two faces.
A successful
the sin ship.

Lady from nowhere–
white shoulders, red dust,
rose of the Golden West.
No place to go dressed to kill–

Oh, Doctor!
I am a thief heart to heart.

18 Responses to “Found Poem: Ladies love brutes”

  1. silverscreenings 15 April 2013 at 10:20 AM #

    Love it!! We’re using this in the Blogathon.

  2. Patricia Nolan-Hall (@CaftanWoman) 3 May 2013 at 12:13 PM #

    Well done!

    • TheBestofAlexandra 4 May 2013 at 9:29 PM #

      Thank you, ma’am! Sidenote Confession: I had to look up what a caftan was. This whole time I’ve been imagining an afghan. Different thing entirely, as you well know.

  3. Judy 4 May 2013 at 4:05 AM #

    Great stuff – certainly shows up the weirdness/haunting flavour of old movie titles.

    • TheBestofAlexandra 4 May 2013 at 4:32 PM #

      Been thinking of doing another one with old sci-fi novel titles. But that might just be too bizarre.

  4. shadowsandsatin 4 May 2013 at 6:29 PM #

    Enjoyed your creative poem — and it was fun identifying the movies I’ve seen!

    • TheBestofAlexandra 4 May 2013 at 8:54 PM #

      Thanks! You’ve got me beat, I’m sure. I have seen exactly zero of those movies although from the sounds of them I wish I had seen all of them.

  5. Movies, Silently 4 May 2013 at 9:27 PM #

    Fabulous! I love found poems and yours is excellent. It sounds like you had a lot of fun creating it.

  6. doriantb 5 May 2013 at 10:09 AM #

    Alexandra, I’m loving your inspired “Found Poem: Ladies Love Brutes”! You deftly and cleverly blended all of those Mary Astor titles so well. What a great idea! BRAVA to you, Alexandra, and thanks so much for joining our Mary Astor Blogathon!

  7. Le 6 May 2013 at 2:14 PM #

    Wow, this is one of the funniest posts I’ve ever read! Thanks for putting a smile on my face with this beautiful poem to Mary Astor!
    Don’t forget to read my contribution to the blogathon! 🙂

  8. lassothemovies 11 May 2013 at 1:13 PM #

    Alright, I am highly impressed here. This was so much fun I read it three times. Thanks for the creativity.


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