Former Child Star (Stuart Barnes)

Posted on September 21, 2013 by in Heightened Talk

Bell jar 2.3

after Sylvia Plath’s ‘Child’


Your half-moons are the ten absolutely fabulous things.

I want to streak them with Covergirl, Puck,

Museums of dew


Whose waves you intonate –

Grape hyacinth, tall Paperwhite,

Small, small


Reed without rimple,

Lagoons in which figures

Should fire like the maniple


Not this disgust-

Ing Oberon, this stark

Pan-Cake without sparkle.