Make Love, Not Warhol


Inspired by Ric Burns’ Andy Warhol: A Documentary Film.


The phonies are taking over,

the Jesus t-shirts

& ketchup stains.


Do you want me to tell you

who Andy was?

A mirror holder?


You move to the edge

& declare it the centre.

But now we throw hammers

at our reflections,

shattering silver thoughts.


Now the centre has been

cemented & secured –

trapped in a kaleidoscope

of commercial migraines,

the neon swirling like

an acid breast milk shake.


I’d film you sleeping

but that is now just

life / work / everyday.


If we slow 24 to 16

frames per second and

take time to

see like a child?


Do you remember when

movies used to amaze?

*time – subject – film – light*


Published in Rabbit Poetry Journal, Issue 4, May 2012

Published in The Frequency of God, Close-Up Books, December 2017

Author: Mark William Jackson

Mark William Jackson's work has appeared in various print and online journals, including Best Australian Poems 2011, Going Down Swinging, Cordite, Popshot (UK), Rabbit, Page Seventeen, SpeedPoets and The Diamond & the Thief. Mark's debut poetry collection "The Frequency of God" is available now through all major outlets, see for details.

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