Almanac Poetry: Platinum Blonde


Jean Harlow, the original ‘Platinum Blonde’ and 1930s Hollywood glamour icon. Photographed by George Hurrel, 1933. (Source: Wikimedia Commons.)


Platinum Blonde


Jean Harlow
faded into
the background
of her gleaming black-and-white
Hollywood studio
glamour portrait,
late in the nineteen-thirties.
She disappeared
into a moody mise-en-scène,
didn’t die aged twenty-six,
like the papers said.


(Acknowledgement: this poem previously appeared in Kevin Densley’s fourth poetry collection, Sacredly Profane, Ginninderra Press, 2020.)


Bombshell, poster for the 1933 movie starring Jean Harlow. (Source: Wikimedia Commons.)



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Kevin Densley is a poet and writer-in-general. His fourth book-length poetry collection, Sacredly Profane, was published in late 2020 by Ginninderra Press. He is also the co-author of ten play collections for young people, as well as a multi Green Room Award nominated play, Last Chance Gas, which was published by Currency Press. Other writing includes screenplays for educational films.

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