3/18/19 Lenore Weiss hosted by Bruce
Lenore recently won first prize in the Alexandria Quarterly Press small stories series for her flash fiction chapbook, Holding on to the Fringes of Love. Lenore has read in different cities across the country and performed on the radio. Her three poetry collections form a trilogy about being mortal: Cutting Down the Last Tree on Easter Island (West End Press, 2012); Two Places (Aldrich Press, 2014), and The Golem (Hadassa Word Press, 2017). In reviewing Two Places, Nina Serrano wrote, “Weiss’ mind travels like the speed of light from the real, to the symbolic and the surreal.” Lenore tutors middle-school students and volunteers at Oakland’s writing center, Chapter510.
Black is the Color
Black is the color of my true love's hair
and Marlon Brando's motorcycle jacket,
each tooth a silver zipper.
Black is the color of roadies
drinking beer down the street
at the Big Dipper.
Black is the color of Johnny Cash
who kept praying for 'Nam
to be over in a flicker.
Black is the color of T-shirts
of high-tech workers
designing glass slippers.
Black is the color of a woman
stoned on a red carpet
because a veil didn't fit her.
Black is the color of people who fade
behind the sidelines of center stage.
Black is the color of our grueling age.
And sorry, I drive a Ferrari.
Bob Dylan (or insert another name)
didn't wear black to the Grammys.
He wore gold.