Art from artifice in Audrey Flack’s Chanel –
bravura surface, diving deep. Red lipstick open,
silver pearls a strand for Aphrodite, and those
crisp enhancements – powder, shadow – now enchantments
that invoke the writer’s point of view:
The surface that delights the eye is often veiled –
a lipsticked kiss-off, beauty’s moment passing.
Better to embrace a formless form of Braille –
the incandescent darkness skin to skin where sight
and gloss give way to an invisible, palpable light:
where artless touch, and indrawn breath, renew.