"[Gaga Stigmata has] very modern, edgy photography to free flowing, urban narratives without censure to analytical essays, et cetera—like Gaga, imagination without ... limits. And the beauty is that anyone can submit work to the site, so artists and writers from all over the [world] have joined this experiment." -The Declaration.org

"Since March 2010, [Gaga Stigmata] has churned out the most intense ongoing critical conversation on [Lady Gaga]."
-Yale's The American Scholar

Monday, September 6, 2010

Lady Gaga is Always Lady Gaga

By Andrea Quinlan

In a red riding hood,
The poker faced daughter searching for the wolf in disguise.

With hair frizzing out of the oven like flames,
The witch with bad girl meat.

In Scarlet to meet the Queen,
The Queen herself.

See her

Painted Claws
Satin Paws
Black Feathers
Bird Nest Hair
Crystal Glitter Gauze Chain Mask Sequin
Pearls and purple teardrops stuck to cheeks
Blood spurting over a bodice of white lace.

They take away her dress
She has nothing to bare
Barbed wire heart on pillow
Yellow tape branded body

Leopardskin Antlers Lamé Armour
Platforms Plastic Peroxide
Synthetic Hide
Fishnet Ribbing
Lipstick Appendage Glasses
Eyes Skin Bones Glitter Gloves

From flames
From water
Emerging, emerged

Lavender blonde
Masked in mirrors
This reflection reflecting
Here I am

Lady Gaga,
The Queen of all the little Monsters.

Author Bio: Andrea Quinlan has an MA in Art History. Her work has been published in Defect Perfection Literary Review.


  1. maybe i'm just being old-fashioned but i think poetry has to has some sort of cohesive metre, otherwise it simply becomes prose which has been arranged uniquely on the page.

  2. free verse

    –noun Prosody .
    verse that does not follow a fixed metrical pattern.

  3. I would say that attitude (of Anonymous one) is very outmoded indeed, and neglects the wide variety of contemporary poetics over the past, oh, one hundred years or so!

  4. "The poet who writes 'free' verse is like Robinson Crusoe on his desert island: he must do all his cooking, laundry and darning for himself. In a few exceptional cases, this manly independence produces something original and impressive, but more often the result is squalor - dirty sheets on the unmade bed and empty bottles on the unswept floor." - W.H. Auden

  5. The attitude in the quotation begs the question: should poetry--or any sort of art--be a perfectly tidy house?

    Seems quite oppositional to the stance of Gaga, for one!

  6. I think this poem represents Lady Gaga perfectly, she is by no means tidy and follows a pattern!

  7. I hope the lyrics of Lady Gaga should be most unforgettable things in every people's heart.
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  8. Many people are the big fan of Lady Gaga and her beautiful song lyrics and poem.Because all of her song was really good.
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