Transformations and Other Tails by Charles Leggett

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Narrated by Charles Leggett



A theatrical adaptation of the Anne Sexton poems was conceived and directed by Sheila Daniels, Cornish College of the Arts, Seattle WA, 1999.


George the stuffed black leopard’s on his side
On top of Sheila’s print of the Bouguereau—
The peasant girl with pitcher—gazing wide

At the wall in question. Quiet, glassy-eyed,
He nuzzles her. And never mind his elbow,
His stuffed black leopard elbow on Sheila’s side

Of the bed, on Sheila’s paperback, tried
And true, of The Secret Garden, which yawns below
The lap of the peasant girl with pitcher, wide

Open. Never mind that I bestride,
Upon the bed, the fallen Bouguereau
And George the stuffed black leopard, who, with side-

long glances, grimly hints what it may betide—
The Klimt which has replaced with sylph-soft yellows
The peasant girl, her pitcher broken wide.

A gift from Sheila’s cast. Their freshly dried
Laundry waits with me and, with his sexton’s glow-
er, George the stuffed black leopard—at whose aside
The peasant girl with pitcher gazes wide.


BIO: Charles Leggett is a professional actor based in Seattle, WA. Recent publications include 50 HAIKUS, Big Pulp’s CHILD OF WORDS, CONSTELLATIONS, THE GERM, GRAZE and GLASSFIRE. Others include LIQUID IMAGINATION (Issue 10), THE LYRIC and MEASURE: A REVIEW OF FORMAL POETRY; work is forthcoming in THE WORCESTOR REVIEW and MAGMA POETRY. His long poem “Premature Tombeau for John Ashbery” is an e-chapbook in the Barnwood Press “Great Find” series.