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Marlene Dietrich, The Original Blonde Venus [by David Lehman]

Blonde Venus

In his latest Talking Pictures column for The American Scholar, David Lehman considers the enduring allure of Marlene Dietrich, whose seductive voice and androgynous style commanded screen and stage for more than half a century. “Marlene’s eyes say she’s seen it all and a lot of it was lousy,” he writes. “She holds an unlighted cigarette between forefinger and thumb, waiting for you to light it with your Lucifer. And you will.” Read More ➢


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I left it
on when I
left the house
for the pleasure
of coming back
ten hours later
to the greatness
of Teddy Wilson
"After You've Gone"
on the piano
in the corner
of the bedroom
as I enter
in the dark


from New and Selected Poems by David Lehman

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