Lapis you’ve covered your lap in matches your eyes, The skirt you’re wearing, lifted over thighs: Blue lace receding from a white sand beach, Oh sweet shipwreck. I would de-blue you stitch By stitch, raise the bluest flame from your skin With every kiss, flood and loose every vein Until all left is your cloud-breaking peak.
With broken boots, with sorry song, desire Leads to the Afghan mine where blue fire Is blown with black powder into the world And polished. Bullets were hurled Here yesterday, perhaps tomorrow too. Always, until the mountain crumbles to The ocean, and the ocean throws it back.
Color Is an Event: Yellow
The sun is yellow. The sun is a blotch Of paint, the paint Is egg yolk and Orpiment crushed With the utmost Pressure for ten years-- If you can manage-- So much the better Said Cennini And don’t soil Your mouth with it. This is not for cowards. The orpiment Is arsenic Sulfide, a rock Layered impasto With the run-off From a volcano. The sun is a volcano. The sun is a poison. The sun is the sun.
-- Jason Gray is the author of Radiation King, winner of the Idaho Prize for Poetry, as well as Photographing Eden and the chapbooks How to Paint the Savior Dead and Adam & Eve Go to the Zoo. HIs poems and reviews have appeared in Poetry, Kenyon Review, Image, and The Southern Review, among others. Find him online at http://jason-gray.net.