“Dazzled Into Nothingness” © Bill Wolak


Marilyn Diptych, 1962
after Andy Warhol’s artwork of the same name

Byzantine gods painted in visual dactyls
transposed into ghosts of themselves
modern deities, mere caricatures of ink

transposing the ghosts themselves
reveals the hollowing out of the person
the host of machinery at play

while the hollowed-out person
plays at celebrity, at stardom, at fame
at being someone other than themselves

Stardom, celebrity, and fame bring
glories to the lost soul needing love
but the machine that creates it

does not love that lost soul
it simply demands deities exist
as Byzantine gods or as ghosts


Debi Lewis is originally from Canada and now lives in Scarborough, UK. She works for a mental health charity with a background in homelessness prevention. She enjoys geocaching and Minecraft. Debi tends to bite off more than she can chew, especially if chocolate is involved.

Bill Wolak has just published his eighteenth book of poetry entitled All the Wind’s Unfinished Kisses with Ekstasis Editions. His collages and photographs have appeared recently in the 2020 Seattle Erotic Art Festival, the 2020 Dirty Show in Detroit, the 2019 Rochester Erotic Arts Festival, the 2018 Montreal Erotic Art Festival, and Naked in New Hope 2018.