Late Night in Persia
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. He’s won numerous awards for his art, psychoanalytical writing, and poetry.