My person was hideous and my stature gigantic. What did this mean? Who was I? What was I? Whence did I come? What was my destination? These questions continually recurred, but I was unable to solve them.
– Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, Frankenstein
XV. For Mary Shelley
Organ slingshot slipshod heap of cells –
as in naked body –
temple force-fed flesh miscarried
hybrid death wish of male souls
camouflaged as 9 ft fallen angel
& flash-forced into self-operating
as in naked body – now,
contain or beat my armies facing west!
Scenes from James Whale’s Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
Peter Bies © 2012