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From this cab, the clouds look like rumpled sheets.
The driver’s accommodating: shuts off
the radio when I ask him to turn it down.
Still raw after last night—laughter lapsing

so suddenly, so deeply into tears.
Where are my bright particulars?
To be brought a breakfast tray and not be forgotten!
Black-and-white seems a sublime frame of mind.


Psychic says one journal burned (too personal)
One still hidden in family

Psychic sees (next session) a box
Carvings, a beautiful jewel on it

Red satin ribbon on key
16th or 17th century

Sees Sylvia put key into box
And unlock it

She’s starting to touch me with spirit vibration
Around face (like my mother)

The tears I cried when her son died
Turned (says psychic) to crystals

She’s holding them in her hand


      (after Sei Shonagon)

A cab speeds up deserted Fifth Avenue at dawn, deposits Audrey Hepburn
in front of Tiffany & Co., where—to the wistful strains of Henry Mancini’s
“Moon River”—she sips coffee and munches a croissant as she gazes into the
store, comforted by “the quietness and the proud look of it.”
Endora pops into Samantha’s kitchen in her diaphanous purple and green
witch outfit (with “vampire” collar).
Cathy’s pageboy and Patty’s flip.
“After dinner, Natalie Wood checked her makeup in the mirror-bright
blade of a butter knife.”
The voice of Dusty Springfield.
The wig scene in Valley of the Dolls.
Katherine Ross in The Graduate.
Blue and green eye shadow. White lipstick.
Empire dresses. Textured stockings. Low-heeled patent leather sling-backs
with bows or buckles on the vamp. “And the new square toe was everywhere.”
Pinkest of albums: The Supremes A’ Go-Go. Diana, Mary, and Flo in Mod
getups and poses—snapping their fingers, swinging their hair.
Herb Alpert’s Whipped Cream & Other Delights. Not only did it include two
themes from The Dating Game (“Whipped Cream,” which was used when the
bachelorette was introduced, and “Lollipops and Roses,” which played when
she learned about the bachelor she’d picked), but on the green record jacket
was a woman covered with whipped cream. Naked except for a pink rose in
her hand and all that white cream. A woman covered with whipped cream!


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