Blackbirdan online journal of literature and the artsSpring 2021  Vol. 20  No. 1
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Cinema Club, Kutztown State College, 1971

Those movies about the movies: Sunset
, Singing in the Rain, Targets . . .

We cherished every close-up of the projector,
Its smoke-swirled beam,
the film editor

Splicing footage together in the dark.
Keaton crossing the proscenium arch.

The boom mic taking center stage
In Welles’ stark trailer for Citizen Kane.


Mirrors held up to mirrors. Soliloquies
Of light.
In black-and-white especially—

That old, combustible, nitrate stock
The images themselves could touch off.

Veronica Lake in a bathrobe in Sullivan’s
, the film lit as if with platinum.  

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