Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (1988)

Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (1988) Carmen Maura gives a defining performance in Pedro Almodóvar’s Spanish screwball comedy. Inspired by Jean Cocteau’s La Voix Humaine, the film reveals a ‘new woman’ of the Post-Franco generation, someone who, like Pepa, caught in a whirlwind of passionate breakup, takes control of her life, and, coincidentally, of her friends. As Elbira Lindo wrote, “Pedro Almodóvar’s Oscar-nominated breakthrough revels in the complexities of the female psyche.”

 

1.

Dubbing for Joan Crawford,

Hearing your ex-lover’s voice

In Johnny Guitar, you faint.

 

You can tell when he’s insincere

On a telephone answering machine.

Men are always lying and breaking up.

 

And he has such a seductive voice,

So suave, so Latin-American, so macho,

He woke an ex-wife from psychiatric care.

Who knew he had a son with glasses,

Equally unfaithful and spying

Through your private letters and panties!

Abandonment was what you both shared.

 

 2.

The human voice is a commodity

To sell detergent that can wash

Church-sanctioned diaphragms.

 

A woman’s face is a commodity

Recognizable from soap operas

Even in a leopard-skinned gay taxi.

 

It’s not the breaking up! It’s the crawling back!

Spiked gazpacho for a lover who’s been

Dubbing other people’s voices.

On a day-glow pop art patio which

David Hockney could have designed,

That lizard-faced virgin has

An orgasm all by herself.

 

[Disposable Poem March 26, 2017]

Dr. Mike

 

 

FEATURING WOMEN’S ART

Audrey Lyall — PADDLE 8– JOIN MY MILITIA

Julia Lillard — SCIENCE VISUALIZED

Daniela Raytchev – Liberty – UPRISE / ANGRY WOMEN Exhibit artwork, The Untitled Space Gallery, New York

Fan Xiaojan — WEAPONIZED CYBORG WOMAN

Frida Kahlo –GIRL WITH DEATH MASK

Sofia Maldonado — 42nd Street Graffitti

Paula Rego — DOG-WOMAN

Kate Hush — [Giphy] from http://www.katehush.com/

Remedios Varo — RETRATO DEL DR IGNACIO CHAVES 

Vanessa Bell  — OTHER ROOM [Detail]

 

 

 

 

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