A snap-shot narrative of a snap-shot life:
Anna Nicole: Poems
by Jeremy Hughes
Before the reader reaches the poems themselves, Cavalieri begins with the caveat that“these poems are fantasy, not fact. Any resemblance to persons, living or dead is purely coincidental, or pure luck”: if the reader were tempted to conflate this Anna Nicole with the person of the same name who led her life in the media spotlight, theyhave been warned. It is necessary rather than disingenuous, and commits the reader toreading these poems
poems. What follows is an exploration of the life of a physically beautiful young woman who is, by turn, innocent, abused, betrayed,worshipped, exploited, troubled and vulnerable.Essentially, the book is a biography of a modern-day Aphrodite seekinghappiness which, due to her particular sex-goddess profile, proves to be a moredifficult quest than most. Each poem is a snippet from Anna’s whole story, a snap-shot narrative of a snap-shot life, surrounded by a cast of interviewers, designers,critics, trainers, doctors, lawyers and lovers. Through writing Anna’s story, Cavalieriexorcises and investigates the particular contemporary concern with celebrity-worship, and gives the bimbo she has created a voice and platform to which shewould not usually have recourse. Cavalieri even manages to put the pen in Anna’shand so she can speak for herself, however bluntly, in a cathartic outburst:she took a big fat crayon and wrote SHITall over the white wall.