Not to search for meaning, but to reedify a gesture, an intent. As a translator, one grows attached to originals. Seldom are choices so purposeful. At midday, the translator meets with the poet at a café at the intersection where for decades whores and cross-dressers have lined up at night for
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No mode of excitement is absolutely colorless
Describe what color is not.
It’s missing a thingness.
To the point of becoming, color camouflages supporting structures.
A vague interior finds in an exterior specific correlation.
Even if shapeless, it materializes in splotches, bursts, or blobs.
Like, I love that green.
Like, Benjamin Moore’s color designers or 20-inch Indian human hair extensions.
Color resists paraphrase without metaphor.
Ruddiness says ripe, a want to be had.
Emerald 17-5641 is Pantone’s 2013 Color of the Year.
Your forecast here: _______________________________
Color is readymade sensation, emotion, feeling.
A vague exterior finds in an interior specific correlation.
Or it can be articulated as narrative.
As in red, white, and blue.
And Untitled (USA Today.)
An endless supply of candy wrapped in red, silver, and blue cellophane.
Flavors: Cherry, pineapple, and Concord grape (the best tasting).
To the point of becoming, color structures camouflage, supporting it.
“It’s its own culture. White is one of my favorites. In the East it is associated with death.”
“How do we know how it’s read?”
Red nails once stood for status.
Now it’s Be a Dahlia Won’t You? The Thrill of Brazil, Yucatan If U Want, I’m Not Really a Waitress.
Or the mimicking of natural nails.
Buy France Flags from just $1.60 each, all sizes in stock.
Advice from the celebrity/fitness guru has-been: make sure you get all colors in your food.
Your yellows, your purples, your reds, your greens.
Disregard if you’re a locavore.
When it comes down to it, some seasons come close to monotonous.
Think potatoes. And snow.
Mónica de la Torre
Born and raised in Mexico City, Mónica de la Torre is the author of the poetry collections Public Domain (Roof Books, 2008), Talk Shows (Switchback Books, 2007), and The Happy End/All Welcome, forthcoming from Ugly Duckling Presse in 2016.