How do you sweep a dirt floor? How do you describe the blue face of death to a spirit you will someday dance with? First, a dirt floor cannot be dirty. Second, her face was more green than blue, the color of malachite or a crumpled dollar bill in a wino's hand. We lived so red in the corpse blue shadow of turquoise.
From Logorrhea by Adrian C. Louis. Copyright © 2007 by Adrian C. Louis. Published 2007 by TriQuarterly Books/Northwestern University Press. Used with permission.