Waiting for Ariadne

Waiting for Ariadne

“The figure of the lesbian makes a
phantom-like yet critical appearance
in The Bell Jar on various textual levels,
asserting its disruptive potential by
surfacing in the guise of the ‘most
terrifying of images’, the Doppelganger.”
—Renee Hoogland, Lesbian Configurations

Empty—the streets echo footsteps
The Museum—full of mannequins
Disquieting muses—in the porticoes

Sylvia sleeps—by the red tower
A girl and a hula hoop—in the rotunda
The courtyard—where ladies wait

Time has stopped—did it ever exist
Spectral cityscape—De Chirico women
Waiting for Ariadne—to awaken

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