Note from the Editors

 

   SEEING RED 

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    DESI(RED) WONDE(RED)
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    AUTHO(RED) SEA(RED)
    DA(RED) UNCENSO(RED)
    SOA(RED) ADVENTU(RED)

 

 

    


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St. Mark’s Place Brother


Blond actor I adopt sits over papers
pen-in-hand. His Arabic painted table
between us, gift from his Egyptian lover,

a reminder of my regret—I missed Egypt
for lack of funds, but the dancing never
stops, and home-grown rests easy

in his pouch for hand-rolled. Masters,
we role-play, he paces, Yes, Yes, Yes.
We pitch a drug treatment center. Plan to

display paths, stepping stones
to make life work. In his St. Marks Place
five-floor walk-up, we eat roast chicken—

every color on the plate makes a perfect
meal. I help move his freebee TV,
gasp up those stairs. Water his plants.

Keep his keys, his home my home.
Uptown downtown we share.
His face on Broadway. Greta

Garbo walks my Upper East Side
quiet along the river in gray. Come
Christmas, sis visits, we bake,

make 2 am runs for butter, sugar.
All the girls want my brother now—
he wants the leading actor, dreamy-

eyed like I’ve never seen him.
Tilted against his fireplace—
hair dyed black for the role,

Directors’ prefer dark hair, he says.
Blond better, like yellow peppers
coloring the plate next to red beets,
collard greens, organic chicken.

Friends, together we make it.


Julene Tripp Weaver lives in Seattle. Finishing Line Press published her chapbook "Case Walking: An AIDS Case Manager Wails her Blues," with poems inspired by her work for 18 years in HIV Services. Her poems are published in many journals, including Hot Metal Press, Gemini Magazine, Chicken Pinata, Outward Link, Blossombones, The Smoking Poet, Drash and Future Earth Magazine; and most recently in the anthologies, A Dream in the Clouds, featuring art inspired by the 2008 Presidential Election and Motif 2 Come What May An Anthology of Writings About Chance. Her first full size book will be published next year. She does wordplay on Twitter @trippweavepoet and can  be found online at www.julenetrippweaver.com.


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