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Noah Falck

The Celebrity Dream Poem project initiated from an informal survey of people I approached at various locations in New York City, Columbus, Ohio, and Dayton, Ohio, over a three-week period during the summer of 2011. The survey consisted of only one question - who is the most recognized person (celebrity) in the world? I took the forty most frequently occurring responses from the survey and composed poems. On one level the project was an attempt to use celebrity as a gateway for readers to enter the world of poetry; on another level it was an exercise of response to today’s culture and its continued fascination with celebrity.

 

CELEBRITY DREAM POEM

KATE MIDDLETON, DUCHESS OF CAMBRIDGE

 

 

My skin is spending the summer
stateside with my idea of you,

my idea of a storybook ending
with children staring though me until

I jog up a hill and find a field blazing
with dandelions. From a distance a hairy man

steps from a cake. His body looks like
the beginning of a beautiful, private island.

 

 

CELEBRITY DREAM POEM

ASHTON KUTCHER

 


My secrets are the sad work of a wanted poster.
A history exposed like an umbrella

blown inside out.  Someone tells me
my head is cluttered with vegetation

and all the lost pennies of Iowa.
I believe I am a sea change

without a motorboat. As always
there is a sunset of paparazzi bruises.

 

 

CELEBRITY DREAM POEM

LADY GAGA



It’s always my birthday. The shaved legs
of all my guests. We have sex with monsters

inside the China cabinet, my breasts
in the mouth of a silhouette

of an anteater.  Kitschy-kitschy coo
and I am the after show of a Led

Zeppelin reunion concert. All the girls
skinny to the point of tears.

 

 

CELEBRITY DREAM POEM

CLINT EASTWOOD

 

 

I know what you’re thinking -
the faces over the bon fire

are a sort of black magic breathing
us towards another heart attack.

And the streets feel French tonight,
tattooed with a silence of empty weather.

You’d think there would be more dust. But no.
Just an empty limousine and a bruised knee.

 

 

 

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