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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Smitten


She’s a mirage, the woman in the black 40’s swimsuit
—her wide white and gray striped hat,
the matte red of her lips in a perfect cupid’s bow.

She wants to be the only one on your mind—
invites you over for cocktails, wears an apron with zombie pinup girls,
bakes you chocolate cupcakes with marshmallow frosting and cherries.
The sugar swims in your veins as you sleep.

She haunts your fever dreams:

Our Lady of Guadalupe surrounded by flames in the desert.
      A silent starlet with tear slicked eyes—lips pouting against a smoky mirror.
    A burlesque performer in red tassels and heart shaped pasties.
    The chanteuse you kissed in the flamingo shaped pool at the Las Vegas
    Motel
.   


She’ll take you out to a lounge in Hollywood—
see an old burlesque show. You’ll wear your finest wiggle dress—
the one made out of burgundy satin. Sip a sweet drink,
let the pineapple and mint, burn then cool your tongue. 

Marisa Silva-Dunbar’s work has been published in Gargoyle Magazine, Conceptions Southwest, Swings & Roundabouts, Words Dance, and the UEA 2009 Anthology: Eight Poets. She graduated from the University of East Anglia with her MA in poetry, and was involved with the Milagros at Los Luceros workshop.

 

 

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