Ode to Absorption


What happens in wreckage when teeth
have been so changed
from original dental record
via orthodontia or otherwise?

The unfamiliar vellum of an x-ray
held against illumination,
how red and green together will
give blackness.


A red vessel is red
because it reflects its own color. When we say
“this bowl is red” we mean
it is not itself.


Danielle Susi is a writer living in Chicago. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in: Storyacious, Squawk Back, Knee-Jerk Magazine, Lines+Stars, and many others. She is the recipient of a writer’s grant and residency from the Vermont Studio Center.