The Palace of the Dragon Prince by Ilka Scobie

The Palace of the Dragon Prince

by Ilka Scobie

 
 
Fred Herko
 
 
Everyone shamelessly smoked cigarettes.
Shooting speed had not yet corrupted
sweet hearted beatniks into velocitized
monsters.
 
Young Fred Herko, frozen on his toes,
unaware that his fatal grande jeté
will propel him to immortality.
Or that fifty years later, his remaining comrades
will gather to celebrate his audacious end.
Freddy’s luminous beauty captured in Warhol’s
grainy black and white 16 millimeter homage.
 
Andy Warhol’s fame eclipsed these early films.
Freddy Herko petulantly sucks an unlit pipe,
while a boy with shuttered lids gets the world’s
slowest haircut.
The snipping stylist resembles a vampire.
“The Thirteen Most Beautiful Boys’
predates “Twilight” by half a galaxy.
 
~Ilka Scobie
 
 
Ilka ScobieIlka Scobie is a native New Yorker and long time downtown resident. She teaches poetry in the public schools and writes about contemporary art for London’s Artlyst. She is co-curating a show “ART AM 3” in Soncino, Italy, with her husband, Luigi Cazzaniga, featuring artists including John Giorno, Ugo Rondinone, Alex Katz, Mario Schifano, Martha Diamond, Lola Schnabel and Rene Ricard. She is currently Associate Editor of LiVE MAG!

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One Response to The Palace of the Dragon Prince by Ilka Scobie

  1. Stephen Morrissey

    “Everyone shamelessly smoked cigarettes.
    Shooting speed had not yet corrupted
    sweet hearted beatniks into velocitized
    monsters.”

    Wonderful poem!

    But that’s the way it goes, downhill.

    My only suggestion, publish more of her poems!