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Art by W. Jack Savage 2020

The Joker

 

by Daniel G. Snethen

 

 

First and iconic we had Caesar Romero.
Perhaps the purest form of Gotham
hysterics and loved by generations.

Next came Nicholson the only sane
person flying over the Cuckoo's Nest.
Here's Johnny with his axe Shining
ready to paint a smile on his face
like a redrum murderer laughing hysterically.

Then came Joker’s animated voice
by Luke Skywalker.  May the Star Wars force

of Gotham's most celebrated anti-
hero always be with Mark Hamill.

Heath Ledger portrayed the laughing
lunatic with disturbing alacrity, licking
razor blades—diabolically disturbing.
The consummate method actor, Ledger
died of an accidental overdose of pills.
But was is accidental or was it a horrible
final joke perpetrated by the king of jest?

Jared Leto, perhaps the most disturbing
off-screen Joker of them all, displayed
aberrant behavior like sending Harley Quinn
spent condoms and used anal beads.
Davis was gifted a dead swine deposited
on her desk like a Godfather's horse head.

Finally Joaquin Phoenix's spiral into
mental illness was a performance
of tenderness, carefully depicting the
savagery of the system marginalizing
the worth of the poverty-stricken humanity
residing behind the guise of democracy
free only to struggle incessantly.

Phoenix's Joker was real and heartfelt.
We cannot help but sympathize with him.
Joaquin's Joker is no Joke. He's real,
and that's what makes his performance
the most haunting portrayal of them all.

 

Daniel G. Snethen is the owner and publisher of Darkling Publications. He serves as vice-president of the South Dakota State Poetry Society. In May 2017, 10 pages of his poetry was anthologized in Resurrection of a Sunflower, a tribute to Vincent Van Gogh, curated by Catfish McDaris. Snethen's poetry has been published by Bear Creek Haiku; Cover of Darkness; Danse Macabre; Dark Gothic Resurrected; Haiku Journal; The Horror Zine; Miller's Pond; Pasque Petals: Thirteen Myna Birds, and several other publishers of poetry. Snethen also coaches oral interpretation of literature and Poetry Out Loud. He has qualified two high school students for the National Poetry Out Loud competition in Washington DC and has had the SD State Poetry Out Loud runner-up on two separate occasions. His favorite poet is William Blake and his favorite poem is “The Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner” by Samuel Taylor Coleridge.

W. Jack Savage is a retired broadcaster and educator. He is the author of eight books including Imagination: The Art of W. Jack Savage (wjacksavage.com).  To date, more than fifty of Jack’s short stories and over a thousand of his paintings and drawings have been published worldwide. Jack and his wife Kathy live in Monrovia, California.

In Association with Black Petals & Fossil Publications 2020