DPF / Ai

For men and women, from The Best American Poetry 1997, guest editor James Tate, series editor David Lehman.

from Back in the World / by Ai

I begin to paint, first a black background,
then starting from the left side,
a white line, beside a red line
beside a white, beside a red,
each one getting smaller and smaller,
until they disappear off the edge of the canvas.