Note from the Editors

 

   SEEING RED 

    ENDU(RED) ADMI(RED)
    DESI(RED) WONDE(RED)
    RUMO(RED) ADO(RED)
    ENAMO(RED) INSPI(RED)
    DISCOVE(RED) SAC(RED)
    HUNGE(RED) WONDE(RED)
    EXPLO(RED) FEATU(RED)
    AUTHO(RED) SEA(RED)
    DA(RED) UNCENSO(RED)
    SOA(RED) ADVENTU(RED)

 

 

    


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in every picture


1.

my jester brother dances.
ogles. performs precise contortions.

reassemble. in time with the camera’s
shutter open close.

shirt & trousers garishly 70’s
fashion fabulous striped or

polka dotted. how our parents
never caught on

until after the film
came back to their furious

grim set lips. squeezing out
how could you? comment
 
tightly, you look slim, Chris
but you’re squinting again
~

as frozen serene me
earnestly, dutifully tries

to smile into the sun
with open eyes.

my properly coy
lips neatly in place.

the only outrageous
or absurd things about me

are the itchy outfits from Paris
that my hair and I were

pressed into each morning.


2.

there is only one picture of Brian
standing upright, poised
and representative of The Race.

at the Tower Of London,
he had the nerve to snicker
at Beefeater uniforms.

Daddy’s face snapped serious
inches from my brother’s.
quietly said,

    
these are stone cold seasoned warriors
     trained to take their bare hands
     and turn you into 25 tidy pieces
     in under 50 seconds neatly arranged
     in formation on this lush green grass.


in that picture, Brian smiles
appropriately. but, his eyes slide
curiously up and

to the left. a Yeoman Warder’s
practiced jovial smile beams down at him,
hand resting lightly on his shoulder.

my hip is cocked to one side,
hand on my waist,
smile smug and not squinting.

this is the picture in a silver frame.


Christina Springer is a text artist who uses poetry, dance, theatre, film and other visual expressions.  Recent dance-theatre scripts include: "Living Ancestry" and "Kikombe Cha Umoja: A Kwanzaa Myth" produced by Umoja African Arts Company and "The Splooge Factory" produced by Composer's Collaborative.  As an Artist In Residence for the Historic Royal Palaces, she delivered four mixed-media projects with youth: "Rapping On Walls," "Black Birds & Bars," "Bling & Beheadings" at the Tower Of London and "Dragon Drap D'Or" at Hampton Court Palace.  Poems have appeared in: "Gathering Ground: A Cave Canem Reader," "Saints Of Hysteria," "The Complete Idiots Guide To Slam Poetry CD," Torch Literary Jornal, The Drunken Boat, Comstock Review, Janus Head, and Callaloo.  She has also taught creative writing at CityLit College and The University Of East London. Cave Canem helped shape the multiple voices she advances with text.



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