ISSUE 3: WINTER 2016 / POETRY

“Tomorrow’s Pollution” by Ben Nardolilli

BY BEN NARDOLILLI

Not too cocksure who has covered the entertainment business for over 30 years?
It’s this aggressive, ambitious on-camera entertainment reporter,
who is now ready to reveal those secrets to his readers through his alter-ego

His witty and sardonic anecdotal life story was praised by Publishers Weekly,
as an unflinching (and steamy) look at what goes on
behind the closet doors in Hollywood, a combination of curiosity and guilty pleasure

If you’ve ever wondered what gay Hollywood does behind closed doors
here is an unvarnished look at celebrity and the blatant sexuality
of those caught in its decadent web between love and ambition, business and pleasure

A hot story that you can really sink your teeth into: a strikingly handsome cater-waiter
and a gifted child, master mariner, and derelict drunk
collide at a debauchery-fueled bacchanal disguised as a dinner party

Lives – and bodies – become intertwined, startling cycles of maturing and downfall
kicking the Hollywood rumor mill into high gear,
as a series of revealing pictures surfaces with a mystery man, an on-camera fixture

His failings and misery are ultimately conquered when he saves the life of a young girl
and comprehends the fragility and beauty of human existence,
an allegory for depression and life that takes the reader on a deep Hero’s Journey.

 


Ben Nardolilli currently lives in New York City. His work has appeared in Quail Bell Magazine, Elimae, fwriction, Pear Noir, The Minetta Review, and Yes Poetry. 

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