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(2009). Marlene Dietrich. Psychoanal. Perspect., 6(2):105-106.

(2009). Psychoanalytic Perspectives, 6(2):105-106

Marlene Dietrich

A German screen goddess, Marlene Dietrich became a private nighttime poet in her later years. Suffering from insomnia, she often turned to poetry in the middle of the night and used Noel Coward's old typewriter to mark down her words. After her death, the screen legend's daughter discovered Dietrich's poems hidden in a suitcase. Many are directed at former lovers, as well as Hollywood insiders connected with the films that made her a star.

Marlene Dietrich's Night Thoughts

Would you let me sleep, please

I lead the most miserable of lives without you,

So please at least let me sleep.

To Noel Coward

No more Body

To hold on to

While you Sleep

Just the Sheet.


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