Arts & Letters
Nam Le is a writer based in Melbourne.
The alkyd paint in Rothko’s Black on Maroon series
contains egg, dammar resin. Under UV light
you should see the resins boil. They spring into fire
saying be strong where you’re strong —
Face-smushed on Meyers Place he saw the series again,
instantaneously — across all frequencies —
having floated forty steps without touching ground.
Now he makes out the structure of the stampede:
Somewhere, a burst mains. (Because of how
Glazed heat on wet concrete. The city is one
great throat: its protest is joy it chants its song
through true choke, blue choke breath with
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