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Late Night in Persia


Outward bleeding,

that sheep's blood darkened ambrosia you're so fond of

plainly visible against bone of bedsheets.

then the moon

in league with your painted windows & flies trapped in its beams,


weave a new night-gown to match your hair,

fanned out like confiscated rifles of a brutal warlord,

jewels darkening in his wake.

Like the panther's, your eyes rolled slack in their case.


Louis James Braquet III

Louis James Braquet III is a 26-year-old native New Orleans artist working primarily in acrylic, oils, and ink. At the age of 3, he witnessed the appearance of a gorgon on his grandparents' farm in Hammond, La, and has been creating visual, literary, and musical art ever since this first experience of fear and self-awareness. He attended NOCCA (New Orleans Center for Creative Arts). His influences are wide-ranging, including pre-historic cave art, ancient Egyptian, Greek, and Indian art, mythology, and religion, the Flemish masters, Italian Renaissance, Pre-Raphaelite, Surrealist, Cubist, and modernist thought and art. Hes won numerous awards for his art, psychoanalytical writing, and poetry.