Lois Read

Rookie - 105 Points (1/17/26 / Chicago, Illinois)

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  • William F Dougherty William F Dougherty (7/16/2013 4:13:00 PM)

    The Vibrant Palette of a Poet's Mind, July 16,2013
    By William F. Dougherty (West Hartford, CT United States) - See all my reviews
    (REAL NAME) This review is from: Breathing Color: Poems by Lois Read (Paperback)
    Lois Read's verbal brushwork in Breathing Color, a collection of poems that melds
    visual imagery, allusions to the visual arts, and the singing colors of diverse
    topographical or place poems, evokes the classical concept of ut picture poesis-
    a speaking picture. What radiates from her poems is not merely an impasto of
    description but the pulmonary [spiritual breath of life] processing of coloring vision.

    Like Arachne's singing tapestries, she hangs variegated scenes and topics from the museum
    of her mind- landscapes exhaled as the mood-scapes of her iridescent memory in arresting
    lines like the Easter event in which an angel dabs a paintbrush in liquid sunlight, swipes
    it against the twig-tops next to skunk cabbage: / a chartreuse shout/ in rose-brown woods.
    Wading into Lois Read's gallery of tones and techniques is, as she suggests in Purple
    Shorts, like a swim through raspberry swirls. Or to conclude, knitting diamonds of
    colors into Argyle Socks in Philosophy 101 that profundities do not suit everyone; that
    joy accrues from patterned descendants that found form as I struggled/ To be what I am not.
    Breathing Color is a joy of many hues.

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Pepper In Chocolate

The butterfly is busy
doing its appointed thing,
sipping nectar from the blooms
on the butterfly bush,
natural order underscored.

But what of the maverick-
the butterfly who dares to try
the wildness of the fireweed?

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