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August 12, 2022

caught between public and private, words and images…escaping from the icon she became Munroe cured herself with her own words?

Marilyn Monroe grew up in a strict Pentecostal environment. She was a beautiful and bookish woman who loved to wear shades of coral lipstick. She scandalized the McCarthyite America when it became clear that she posed nude for a calendar and wasn’t ashamed about it in the least.


Hundreds of books have been written about Munroe.

Marilyn not only enjoyed reading poetry but wrote some of her own. Her poems are mostly fragmentary and rarely did a first draft become a second. Some of her pages were tidily penned. She was very insecure about her lack of formal education.

Always fearful of harsh judgement, Marilyn only showed her poetry to a select few, including, Milton Greene, Carl Sandburg, & Norman Rosten.

“She had the instinct and reflexes of the poet, but she lacked the control.” – Norman Rosten

Philadelphia-born photographer Eve Armold was the only woman to extensively photograph Marilyn. At the end of Marilyn’s life Arnold spent two months photographing her while she was shooting the Misfits, a tender portrait of a fading star.

 “When that day will come, I would like to be delayed attending my own funeral.” – Marilyn Munroe

For this blog I chose LIFE, one of Marilyn Munroe’s poems.

I am of both your directions
Existing more with the cold frost
Strong as a cobweb in the wind
Hanging downward the most
Somehow remaining
Those beaded rays have the colors
I’ve seen in paintings – ah life
they have cheated you…
thinner than a cobweb’s thread
sheerer than any
but it did attach itself
and held fast in strong winds
and singed by leaping hot fires
life – of which at singular times
I am of both your directions –
somehow I remain hanging downward
the most
as both of your directions pull me.

  1. Interesting to hear she wrote!
    Been a long time, hope you are doing well 🙂

    • I’ve always know but never really followed it up. So many books written about her and I never read one.
      It’s Elton John’s “Billy Jean” that actually left a moving impression on me.

      Yes, I haven’t seen you in a while.
      I’m very well. How are you?

      I’m so happy you came to read. Thank you 🙂

      • Ah, okay..
        Yes, I was away for a while. I am good too 🙂 Good to connect with you after a while.
        My pleasure to read 🙂

      • Oh sorry man. I think the title of the song is Norma Jean and not Billie.
        Her real name was Norma Jean Baker.

        Yes Raj it is good to see you and happy to hear that you are keeping well.

        Thank you🙂

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