blackbird online journal spring 2002 vol.1 no. 1


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Black and white distances the viewer.

Take, for instance, a split crow dropped from the jaw of some animal into the snow.
If we were to encounter it, with our heads tucked to our chests to block the    blizzard,
we might think of it as shadow, but, in truth, the body is red.

There are two ways to name this: restoration and desecration.
It comes down to a question of actuality and intent.

When you enter my room, it is dark. What you can see
are broad shapes, the lines the blinds throw onto the bed.

If this were in color, would you know whether or not to be afraid? 

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