Still Water Prose Poems

Copyright @ 1989 by Arthur Garfunkel
ISBN 0-525-24795-5
Used by persmission of Author - All Rights Reserved


I will write my story backwards,
to February '79. To Laurie Bird,
when I saw her last in longjohns
red one-piece monkeybaby we said
goodbye one morning (was it March 3?)
in a fireplace room in Aspen. I flew off
to Vienna. I cross-country skied first at
the other end of Austria, practicing "Milena"
in the snow.

I spent four months with Milena — walked with her
to her chosen suicide attempt, in the story. Nic Roeg
led me.

But Phoenixlike she will rise in the final pages of my back-
wards book. Finally, what a sobbing writer I shall be then.
With resurrection music, with Phil Spector's ..... "Old Man
River," I will reveal How great our love. How great my loss.

I'll span from here to there in sequence: cycle three of
   Paul and Artie work (to stave off a stumble); excur-
           sions in Europe; Alexandre Walker; fan mail;
                my books; Central Park;Scissors Cut;
                 her diaries; my three-tiered "story" —
                    a)our four-year history, b)my life
                        Feb. to Aug. '79, c)theBad
                        Timing script; her death;
                                  our love; Her.

On a flight LA to NYCJanuary 1984