Frida Kahlo to Marty McConnell
by Marty McConnell
leaving is not enough; you must
stay gone. train your heart
like a dog. change the locks
even on the house he’s never
visited. you lucky, lucky girl.
you have an apartment
just your size. a bathtub
full of tea. a heart the size
of Arizona, but not nearly
so arid. don’t wish away
your cracked past, your
crooked toes, your problems
are papier mache puppets
you made or bought because the vendor
at the market was so compelling you just
had to have them. you had to have him.
and you did. and now you pull down
the bridge between your houses.
you make him call before
he visits. you take a lover
for granted, you take
a lover who looks at you
like maybe you are magic. make
the first bottle you consume
in this place a relic. place it
on whatever altar you fashion
with a knife and five cranberries.
don’t lose too much weight.
stupid girls are always trying
to disappear as revenge. and you
are not stupid. you loved a man
with more hands than a parade
of beggars, and here you stand. heart
like a four-poster bed. heart like a canvas.
heart leaking something so strong
they can smell it in the street.
Storyboarding & Process
We pulled apart the poem and found the areas where the rhythm slowed and then quickened again. Wanting to be intentional with how we framed our scenes, we isolated places in the lines where it was natural to transition from one visual arena to the next between scenes. This syncopated separation creates both a smooth, cohesive, and abstract visual arcing timeline that explores and represents the poems' imagery.
My talented classmates Hannah, Corinne, Meg and I made this video for our final New Media project at Seattle Central Creative Academy. Corinne (humble, humble Corinne) did the labor intensive video editing, changing lighting in many of the frames for balance with extreme delicacy and skill. Meg, whom had the beautiful poem we decided on in her heart pocket, and Hannah, were equally supportive and talented creatives. Overall, this project was a transformative working experience.
I found this entire process empowering, because together we made something that I truly feel so very proud of. Last, but definitely not least, special thanks to Maria Billorou for narrating for us!