All trouped in,
each image fret sawed,
eased into place.
Grouped on a stage,
book ended by Liston and Dors,
while four mop top puppets
gazed at what they'd become:
amazed they'd taught a band to play
in more than a three chord way.
Dors- Diana Dors, Britains answer to Monroe in the 50's and early 60's
Liston-gangster who wore big gloves and has feats of Clay
Mop tops four young men with strange hair cuts who caused a bit of a stir in the 60's
Peter Blake-"Pop" artist who loved to make collages and ready mades peppered with celebrities
Three chords- yeah yeah and yeah
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The cover of the Sgt Pepper album is such an iconic image and the allusions in your poem hint at manipulation and yet being self-made. I really like the first part which sounds like the making of a jigsaw and then the real people and their cardboard cut-out selves - very Foucault.
I was amazed to hear Peter Blake when he spoke about designing the mock up for the photo shoot for the iconic cover of Sgt. Peppers and that he took him 2 weeks to assemble using cut out hardboard figures, set the whole thing up as a stage to get a 3 D effect and when the Beatles got down there straight from recording Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds and fresh flowers had been ordered and arranged the photo's were taken and within a day the whole thing had been taken apart and he only retained a few of the figures and now only has two, after giving one (W.C. Feilds) to Robbie Williamds a couple of years ago. If that set had been retained intact what a centre piece it could have been at the brilliantly conceived Beatle Museum on the Albert Docks in Liverpool which is well worth a visit especially if you are interested in the history of popular music
Quite an imaginative write, Larry. I was lost until L6, then everything came together--jogged my memory so to speak. I wonder how this would play in the minds of the younger users on this site without the footnotes? A very good poem--like it a lot--might be dating myself when I say that, ha ha.
join the oldsters club. I think it is right to write about the past if you are interested in it because understanding how things were "All those years ago" can greatly enhance our perceptions regarding the present. I am always interested in art and its alliance with other forms of creative expression but my memory was jogged and my instincts aroused into annoyance by the thought that those people back then who were instrumental in setting up that photo shoot did not have even half an eye on leaving something for a future generation to contemplate. I like putting footnotes in some of my poems as it gives me an opportunity to show off my innane sense of homor using the excuse most of the time that over the pond in the States many people will not understand the Englishees in some of my poems which of course me just fishing round for excuses as no poem really needs footnotes. I guess also its just the teacher in my soul that can't resist telling people what they probably already know.
Larry when I'm 64 Lark
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