Academic journal article The Midwest Quarterly

In the Country in Love with Color

Academic journal article The Midwest Quarterly

In the Country in Love with Color

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   the people capture the bougainvillea    purple in their weavings and the red sprays of flowers    shaped like leaves    and the yellow of forsythia     In the country in love with color     the people paint their houses bright colors    colors that clash, the norteamericanos say    salmon next to aqua    turquoise on one house and yellow and cobalt     across the street hot pink walls! orange!    if they like a color it doesn't matter    what's next door--paint it!    decorate it!     In the country in love with color     today January 25th I keep writing June in my journal    the doves are calling coo cooo ca coo    the sound comes into me as round-silver-lavender    a color I see meandering up the white brick wall     In the country in love with color     Rosamaria compliments me on nay earrings    bonitas they're dangly purple bead earrings--    I haven't worn them since the summer of love     when I leave this place I'll leave them with her    so they can be here where they belong     In the country in love with color 

Roseann Lloyd has published two books, War Baby Express. (Holy Cow! Press, 1991) and Tap Dancing for Big Mom (New Rivers Press, 1986). …

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