Ode to Orthochromatic Film
  Patagonia Pond Harris

The medium of silent film
that darkened actresses’
lips and gave Theda Bara
that Gothic look. The pale
pancake skin suitable for
vampires and late night
bohemians who never
arose until the sun had
set, their first drink a
glass of champagne. We
amused ourselves, darlings,
but we weren’t aloud
to open our mouths.

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