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Heroic Pigments


Blue Alice blue cyan

akin to something

bristling on azurite

you have to add some

grit to the principal

substance the “carrier”

I think it’s called

though I might never know

the true import

it comes out in

six or seven segregate heads

but in avoidance of

figures developing

much more eccentrically

spathe-like leaves

floating in stalls beneath

and down with that cheerfulness

in no particular

relation to you at its

centermost hesitant

to say anything even

to confess it

sticks in you

to even intimate it

must terribly be

what the art arched off from

from The Great Medieval Yellows Find more by Emily Wilson at the library

Copyright © 2015 Emily Wilson
Used with the permission of Canarium Books.

Published in Emily Wilson Poems

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