By Robert Stone

A searing, indelible love tale of 2 ravaged spirits—a screenwriter and an actress—played out less than the cruel, magnifying prism of Hollywood.

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50 Clima rigido Il cervello nel teschio ha molto freddo, almeno stando ad Alberto Magno. , Qualcosa come la distesa di una tundra su scala universale. Un vento di galassie. Vette di iceberg all'orizzonte. Notte polare. Un transatlantico nella morsa del ghiaccio. Sul ponte ancora qualche luce accesa. Silenzio e freddo feroce. Window Washer And again the screech of the scaffold High up there where all our thoughts converge: Light-headed, hung By a leather strap, Twenty stories u p In the chill of late November Wiping the grime Off the pane, the many windows Which have no way of opening, Tinted windows mirroring the clouds That are like equestrian statues, Phantom liberators with sabers raised Before these dark offices, And their anonymous multitudes Bent over this day's Wondrously useless labor.

And the rain beginning to fall. Long windy night ahead. Death with not even a newspaper To cover his head, not even A dime to call the one pining away, Undressing slowly, sleepily, And stretching naked On death's side of the bed. 42 Occhi cuciti con gli spilli Quanto sodo lavori la morte nessuno lo sa quanto lunga sia la sua giornata. Le stira la biancheria il consorte lasciato a casa. Le belle figlie le apparecchiano la tavola per cena. I vicini giocano a pinnacolo in cortile o bevono la birra seduti sui gradini.

Ratti che fanno i calcoli. Un cane poliziotto che s'accoppia a una donna, e prende le misure a un impresario delle pompe funebri. Una cimice che soffre e cova dubbi sulla propria esistenza. La colomba che ride, prodigiosa. La tartaruga millenaria intenta al gioco del biliardo. Un pollo che si taglia la gola da solo, sanguinante. Il domatore con zollette di zucchero, sedia e frusta. Le sere in cui si stringono tutti in una gabbia fumando sigari da poco, segnando pigramente le carte del mazzo nuovo.

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