Liz’s Weekly Poetry Series: Celebrity Poet?
I’m not going to say who this poet is, yet. I’ll get into that below the fold.
My Heart Is A Wiffle Ball/Freedom Pole
I reared digital moonlight
You read its clock, scrawled neon
across that black
Kismetly … ubiquitously crest fallen
Thrown down to strafe your foothills…
I’ll suck the bones pretty.
Your nature perforated the abrasive
Spray painted everything known to man,
Stream rushed through and all out into
Whilst the crackling stare down sun snuck
Through our windows boarded up
He hit your flint face and it sparked.
And I bellowed and you parked
We reached Marfa.
One honest day up on this freedom pole
Devils not done digging
He’s speaking in tongues all along the
And this pining erosion is getting dust in
And I’m drunk on your morsels
And so I look down the line
Your every twitch hand drum salute
Kristen Stewart, of Twilight fame, is the author of this poem, and I absolutely applaud her for putting it out there. This Marie Claire interview gives some insight into Stewart’s process:
On a road trip about a year ago, Stewart and a friend drove through Texas, where she wrote a poem. She often writes intense little verses, words or strings of words, rearranging them in a process she herself doesn’t understand but believes is somehow essential to her sanity. This poem, written after the Twilight saga had officially ended, is typically raw and candid. Before she reads it aloud to me, she says, “Oh, my God, it’s so embarrassing. I can’t believe I’m doing this.”
After the poem, the interview picks back up with this:
Her poetry, she says, comes from the same place as her acting. “I like being able to hit on something, like, ‘There it is.’ I don’t want to sound so fucking utterly pretentious … but after I write something, I go, ‘Holy fuck, that’s crazy.’ It’s the same thing with acting: If I do a good scene, I’m always like, ‘Whoa, that’s really dope.'”
I think Stewart touches on what many poets experience—something other about a piece of writing that surprises. Her poem, IMHO, shows some real promise.
As a tween icon, Kristen Stewart has probably already sparked millions of tweens to consider writing poetry, if they weren’t already. No poet laureate has anything close to that kind of reach (which in no way diminishes the work they do in schools and other institutions).