“Principia // Love Song for Faye Valentine,” a poem by T.A. Noonan

She is Reagan, Jillian,

Cream Dream—the starlet

has changed her name again.

Freckles silhouetted

against the same American

bodysuits & foolish heels.

Her breasts are perfect

models of Newton’s

universal gravitation

that the vulgar conceive. Over

a hundred pornos in her alias,

& we are to admit no more

causes of natural things.

Or she is a bebop cowgirl

with animated banana hotpants,

Glock 30, cigar-chomp smile.

She is Roma, liar, Malay queen,

Martian hustler. Who knows.

She can be anything, yet

we must consider her under

no other notions but from the relation

… to perceptible objects. Under

that surname, a first love

song from the doctors who stirred

her, Beauty-like, from wet

afterbirth. Under her titles,

both true and sufficient to explain

their appearances. Under my

own lens, palming hearts

as I film. The other girls

have no hope. She’s

the only one that’s real.

 

 

***

T.A. Noonan is the author of several books and chapbooks, most recently The Midway Iterations (Hyacinth Girl Press). Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Whiskey Island, LIT, Reunion: The Dallas Review, Ninth Letter, Phoebe, and Open Letters Monthly, among others. A weightlifter, artist, and priestess, she lives in Florida and serves as an Associate Editor of Sundress Publications, the Development Director of the Sundress Academy for the Arts, and the Founding Editor of Flaming Giblet Press.

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