Posted on June 29, 2022 at 12:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

There are many ways we think about Marilyn Monroe.

Actress. Singer. Sex symbol. 

But she was also a poet.

In fact, that's how writer Elisa Gonzalez first encountered Monroe.

Raised in a strict Pentecostal household, Gonzalez had heard of Monroe but not consumed anything she created until stumbling across the book Fragments: Poems, Intimate Notes, Letters by Marilyn Monroe.

Most of Monroe's work appears to be first or second drafts, which didn't preclude Gonzalez from falling in love with the work — so much so that when she packed up to move abroad, Fragments came with her.

Read Gonzalez's ode to Monroe's poetry and exploration of her literary leanings in The Paris Review.

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