Poem of the Week-Valley of The Dolls

A large mass production of Valley of the dolls

Stares at me as I depart the bus

I ask the millennial why she is reading it

A sister’s suggestion

The movie is wonderfully campy I tell her

She engrossingly returns

Triggered flashbacks to 1967

Swept up in the national wave

With Jacqueline Susan’s book

Film adaptation

The dreamy Dionne Warwick

First non-Bacharach song swells

Drugs, Judy Garland roman clef

Patty Duke’s transition from child star

Reliving the Sharon Tate character

Discovers she has breast cancer

Kills herself and would be murdered

In Manson’s life later

Last great bad garbage film

Passed on to a new generation

Fired imaginative stories

Rarely tackling us in 2018

Breathe a sigh of recognition


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