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Red

by Barbara Blatner


red is ontological density

red profanes color

red is a parishioner of Chinese lakes

red siphons the mouth of my lover

red is a combination of red and red

out of red bleeds black, out of black bleeds yellow

red is the psychiatrist of night

red debuts as a petticoat

red is vital to the adornment of primitive forces,

appearing first on the tray of the gods

red is passionate dying

red turns ruby is a gism of light

red puppeteers the falling sun

red shines in Morocco from a dead trout's eye

red is the math of torrential rain

red initiates snow

red hawks memories of 1945 on the corner

red bobs across the street in a little wool hat

carnivorous red licks the sky

red breaks into the rules

red rehearses many times before forgetting