True Colours

First published in True Colour (Redmond, Washington: City of Redmond, 2014) and in the “Japanese Forms” issue of Rattle (#47, Spring 2015), which editor Tim Green has said is the best-selling issue they’ve ever published. Also the featured poem, with an audio recording, on the Rattle website on 23 June 2015.

true colours—

the abstract painting


an off-colour joke

from the psychiatrist


outside the lines

the kindergarten teacher

the realtor

talking too much

about local colour

hardly colourblind

the district attorney

technicolour sunset—

the photographer loads

another memory card