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Wanted Wanted

from banal_commentator - Wednesday, April 07, 2004
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I just thought I'd bore the readers of by projecting this poem, which I (and perhaps I only) find to be particularly brilliant.

Author: Vladimir Nabokov

Wanted, wanted: Dolores Haze.
Hair: brown. Lips: scarlet.
Age: five thousand three hundred days.
Profession: none, or "starlet."

Where are you hiding, Dolores Haze?
Why are you hiding, darling?
(I talk in a daze, I walk in a maze,
I cannot get out, said the starling).

Where are you riding, Dolores Haze?
What make is the magic carpet?
Is a Cream Cougar the present craze?
And where are you parked, my car pet?

Who is your hero, Dolores Haze?
Still one of those blue-caped star-men?
Oh the balmy days and the palmy bays,
And the cars, and the bars, my Carmen!

Oh Dolores, that juke-box hurts!
Are you still dancin', darlin'?
(Both in worn levis, both in torn T-shirts,
And I, in my corner, snarlin').

Happy, happy is gnarled McFate
Touring the States with a child wife,
Plowing his Molly in every State
Among the protected wild life.

My Dolly, my folly! Her eyes were vair,
And never closed when I kissed her.
Know an old perfume called Soleil Vert?
Are you from Paris, mister?

L'autre soir un air froid d'opira m'alita:
Son fili--bien fol est qui s'y fie!
Il neige, le dicor s'icroule, Lolita!
Lolita, qu'ai-je fait de ta vie?

Dying, dying, Lolita Haze,
Of hate and remorse, I'm dying.
And again my hairy fist I raise,
And again I hear you crying.

Officer, officer, there they go--
In the rain, where that lighted store is!
And her socks are white, and I love her so,
And her name is Haze, Dolores.

Officer, officer, there they are--
Dolores Haze and her lover!
Whip out your gun and follow that car.
Now tumble out, and take cover.

Wanted, wanted: Dolores Haze.
Her dream-gray gaze never flinches.
Ninety pounds is all she weighs
With a height of sixty inches.

My car is limping, Dolores Haze,
And the last long lap is the hardest,
And I shall be dumped where the weed decays,
And the rest is rust and stardust.

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from laryne
Thursday, February 03, 2005 - 11:09

I absolutely love this poem with all of my wasted heart...heh. But i do feel that to really appreciate it you have to read Lolita, or else its all babble and you can't possibly feel the twisted pain of his emotions.
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from Vicky
Friday, August 20, 2004 - 05:59

Just finished reading the book, which definitely helps if one wants to appreciate the delicacy hidden within this poem... I agree with you banal, it's positively brilliant on many levels.
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from white sock fiend
Wednesday, April 21, 2004 - 10:09

I love the part about the white socks. Let us discuss why she has white socks and not white shoes with a grey stripe.
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From banal_commentator
Wednesday, April 21, 2004, 11:20

sorry, I meant 'fiend*'(reply to this comment
From banal_commentator
Wednesday, April 21, 2004, 11:20

sorry, I meant 'fiend*'(reply to this comment
From banal_commentator
Wednesday, April 21, 2004, 11:16

Thank you 'white sock friend' for bringing such an interesting light to the discussion. I have developed a theory to answer your question: perhaps it would of disrupted the rhythm of the poem if he said "And her shoes are white with a grey stripe, and I love her so." I think we should all continue debating this eye-opening, controversial topic. Thanks white sock friend. (reply to this comment
from banal_commentator
Wednesday, April 21, 2004 - 08:50


Can someone please comment on my article. Thanks
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From Baxter
Friday, August 20, 2004, 22:05

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Banal, dear Banal. Are you actually being so banal as to post commentary discussions with yourself? Those rednecks must be getting you down in a bad way, girl.

I was going to suggest reading them the poem, but then I though 'nah, bad idea', so I shall take the time to read the poem now. And then I shall comment. (reply to this comment

From banal_commentator
Sunday, August 22, 2004, 10:36

I was not having discussions with myself, I was asking people to comment: Uh duh! (reply to this comment
From jez
Thursday, June 17, 2004, 05:39

I agree banal_commentator, it is quite simply brilliant!(reply to this comment
From Joe H
Wednesday, April 21, 2004, 09:54

Hey banal. I read it real briefly when you first posted it, but I wasn't really in the mood to give it the kind of response I thought it probably deserved, but I did find it interesting. I just haven't really done any poetry analysis since high school and I wasn't in the mood for those flashbacks. (reply to this comment
From banal_commentator
Wednesday, April 21, 2004, 11:19


I don't blame ya(reply to this comment

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