Marissa Alfiero - Kim Ann Arstark Memorial Award

 

“AUXOCHROME” bubbles with joy and wonder, starting in its title, and wending through “serendipity’s tree,” to “blue loafers/calling to Houston,” to a time capsule that might hatch a kiss in the past, to vodka collecting in clavicles when a speaker or an addressee insists “upon being a vessel.” Finally, the speaker has a strong desire to “tongue heavy/smatters of gauche” [sic] (maybe gouache?), and I am right there licking the painting’s surface with them. Wonderful!