International Women’s March Fortnight: 9th March, ‘Zelda’ by Maria Sledmere

‘Zelda’ – poem I wrote for the Transatlantic Women Writers’ showcase last week about the endlessly alluring Zelda Fitzgerald.

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Today and tomorrow will be dedicated to the work of a young Glaswegian poet, Maria Sledmere. In today’s piece, ‘Zelda’, Maria pays homage to Zelda Fitzgerald, American expat in Paris and often overlooked writer and artist.

How strange, that you gave your name

to a princess from a video game.

9th-10th-march-maria-sledmere-by-kath-warren-courtesy-of-the-scottish-writers-centre Maria Sledmere, by Kath Warren, courtesy of the Scottish Writers’ Centre

How strange, that you gave your name

to a princess from a video game.

Curly-haired, wild and aflame

with a will to break the shell of a book

that you wrote while broken inside yourself.

Such drinking works up quite the sweat

when you dance like that, the swirl

of bourbon bubbling in your pores.

You saved us all the waltz and

I love the swish and sashay of your prose,

its meandering adjectives

potent as the spells

you cast on errant men,

who misunderstood the fire of your mind.

You were…

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